"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
Saturday, January 23, 2016
"A garment too short will not cover our nakedness — and a garment too long will be a dirty rag to trip up our heels."
O for contentment! "Too much," we see by the figure used above, has its inconveniences as well as "too little."
Enough is the standard, and God knows best when we are at that point. We see around us, those who are much hindered in holy living by the fact of their being wealthy. And yet perhaps we are pining to run in their silken clothes! Others we see who are impeded by their poverty — and yet this need not be, for some of the Lord's poor, are far ahead of other runners, and keep up all the better pace because they have so little to carry!
Come, my heart, be satisfied! It should be no hard task to you to be content, seeing that your Father acts as your steward, and deals out daily "necessary things" for you. The garment which He puts around you, fits you in every part; blessed are you if you can wear it befittingly and praise Him for it.
God is bound only to do what is necessary for His redeemed people — and that we must leave Him to judge. The sheep must not choose the pastures — but the shepherd!