Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Monday, March 10, 2014

Trust in God in the desert

Has God led you out into the desert?

Has He plucked from under your feet all that you depended
upon? Then a glorious experience is yours! See if this be not a way
whereby God will glorify you! Do not complain about what you have
lost, and do not yearn to have it given back again, for then you are
like Israel who wished to turn back to Egypt. God will lead you on
further. Instead of the fleshpots He gives you the Bread from heaven,
and instead of water from the Nile, water from the Rock. But you
must put your trust in Him also in the desert, and through days of
darkness and difficulty. This is possible, however, only for those who
have lost their self-assurance in the desert whereto God beckons His
Out upon these ways God does not force His children. He allures
them. “Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness,
and speak comfortably unto her. And I will give her her
vineyards from thence, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope;
and she shall make answer there, as in the days of her youth, and…
thou shalt call me ‘my husband’… and I will break the bow and the
sword and the battle out of the land, and will make them to lie down
safely” (Hos 2:14-19). What did Israel find upon this way? She found
greater riches, a living hope, an undisturbed joy, a deeper understanding,
a more inclusive peace, an unbroken security, a deeper soulcleansing,
and the most intimate fellowship with her God. Can this be
called a desert? Not by those who like Moses, see beyond reproach,
the reward; who like David, see beyond suffering, the Savior; who
like Jesus, see beyond the cross, the crown (Heb 12:2). What do you
see beyond disgrace, beyond suffering, beyond the cross? Do you see
the widening vistas of glory that lie beyond all these?

When Judas went out, determined to betray Jesus, and the bitterest
drop fell into the Savior’s chalice of suffering, He said, “Now is
the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in Him” (Joh 13:31).
Glorified through suffering! Every pathway seeking to avoid the suffering
which God has sent involves just that much lost glory. “God
giveth grace to the humble.” Every time we turn away from an experience
of humbling, we turn away from His grace. How much glory and
grace we have already missed. Jesus did not turn aside, in the hour of
darkness, but laid His agony in the Father’s hand in order that He
might not lose the blessing that lay therein. In John 17 He says, “Father,
the hour is come; glorify Thy Son.” What hour was this? It was
the bitter hour in Gethsemane and on Calvary. What did He expect
from this hour? Transfiguration, glory! Nor has He been disappointed
in that expectation. What infinite glory Gethsemane and Golgotha
have brought to Him! Millions of creatures in heaven, on earth, under
the earth, and in the sea sing a new song: “Worthy is the Lamb that
was slain!”

G. Steinberger, 'In the footprints of the Lamb'

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