Does He Know Me?

by Oswald Chambers He calls his own…by name… —John 10:3 When I have sadly misunderstood Him? (see John 20:11-18). It is possible to know all about doctrine and still not know Jesus. A person’s soul is in grave danger when the knowledge of doctrine surpasses Jesus, avoiding intimate touch with Him. Why was Mary weeping? […]

via Does He Know Me? — Standing For God

Streams In The Desert

By: L. B. Cowman
He answered her not a word (Matthew 15:23).

He will be silent in his love (Zephaniah 3:17).

It may be a child of God is reading these words who has had some great crushing sorrow, some bitter disappointment, some heart-breaking blow from a totally unexpected quarter. You are longing for your Master’s voice bidding you “Be of good cheer,” but only silence and a sense of mystery and misery meet you –“He answered her not a word.”

God’s tender heart must often ache listening to all the sad, complaining cries which arise from our weak, impatient hearts, because we do not see that for our own sakes He answers not at all or otherwise than seems best to our tear-blinded, short-sighted eyes. The silences of Jesus are as eloquent as His speech and may be a sign, not of His disapproval, but of His approval and of a deep purpose of blessing for you.

“Why art thou cast down, O… soul?” Thou shalt yet praise Him, yes, even for His silence. Listen to an old and beautiful story of how one Christian dreamed that she saw three others at prayer. As they knelt the Master drew near to them.

As He approached the first of the three, He bent over her in tenderness and grace, with smiles full of radiant love and spoke to her in accents of purest, sweetest music. Leaving her, He came to the next, but only placed His hand upon her bowed bead, and gave her one look of loving approval. The third woman He passed almost abruptly without stopping for a word or glance.

The woman in her dream said to herself, “How greatly He must love the first one, to the second He gave His approval, but none of the special demonstrations of love He gave the first; and the third must have grieved Him deeply, for He gave her no word at all and not even a passing look.

“I wonder what she has done, and why He made so much difference between them?” As she tried to account for the action of her Lord, He Himself stood by her and said: “O woman! how wrongly hast thou interpreted Me. The first kneeling woman needs all the weight of My tenderness and care to keep her feet in My narrow way. She needs My love, thought and help every moment of the day. Without it she would fail and fall.

“The second has stronger faith and deeper love, and I can trust her to trust Me however things may go and whatever people do. The third, whom I seemed not to notice, and even to neglect, has faith and love of the finest quality, and her I am training by quick and drastic processes for the highest and holiest service.

“She knows Me so intimately, and trusts Me so utterly, that she is independent of words or looks or any outward intimation of My approval. She is not dismayed nor discouraged by any circumstances through which I arrange that she shall pass; she trusts Me when sense and reason and every finer instinct of the natural heart would rebel;–because she knows that I am working in her for eternity, and that what I do, though she knows not the explanation now, she will understand hereafter.

“I am silent in My love because I love beyond the power of words to express, or of human hearts to understand, and also for your sakes that you may learn to love and trust Me in Spirit-taught, spontaneous response to My love, without the spur of anything outward to call it forth.”

He “will do marvels” if you will learn the mystery of His silence, and praise Him, for every time He withdraws His gifts that you may better know and love the Giver.
–Selected

God Is Love

By Dr. James R. Miller

“Good will toward men.” – Luke 2:14

Yes! that is the meaning of it all. It tells of the good will of God toward all men. There is a strange mediaeval legend which illustrates this truth. An infidel knight, in the wildness of his mad, Heaven-defying infidelity, determined to test, by the method to which as a knight he was accustomed, the reality and power of the God whose existence he denied. So, going out into the field, armed as if for combat, he cast his glove down upon the ground, after the manner of the ancient challengers, and cried out to the heavens: “God! — if there be a God — I defy thee here and now to mortal combat! If thou indeed art, put forth thy might, of which thy pretended priests make such boasts.” As he spoke, his eye was caught by a piece of parchment fluttering in the air just above his head. It fell at his feet. He stooped and picked it up, and found inscribed upon it these words, “God is love!” Overcome by this unexpected response, he broke his sword in token of his surrender, and kneeling upon the fragments, consecrated his life henceforth to the service of that God whom he had just before defied. Thus to all men’s defiance, to the rebellion of a world, to the godlessness of nations, to the blasphemy of individuals, the answer that heaven has always let fall has been, “God is love!” This was the message that came wafted down that night on the silent air in this sweet note of the angels’ song. This was the meaning of the coming of Christ. Cold was the world; shut were men’s hearts against God; defiant was the attitude of nations. Yet to this coldness, this defiance, this revolt, the answer was not swift judgment, but the gift of the Son of God as the Savior — “On earth peace, good will toward men.” Wherever the gospel goes today, it breathes the same loving message. God does not hate us; he loves us with a love tender and everlasting.

The Bible In A Year

Exodus 14-15,Matthew 17

The Door Of Mercy

By Dr. James R. Miller

“The tender mercy of our God.” – Luke 1:78

What would we ever have done if God had not been merciful? There could never have been a soul saved in this world. There is a story of a man who dreams that he is out in an open field in a fierce driving storm. He is wildly seeking a refuge. He sees one gate, over which “Holiness” is written. There seems to be shelter inside, and he knocks. The door is opened by one in white garments; but none save the holy can be admitted, and he is not holy. So he hurries on to seek shelter elsewhere. He sees another gate, and tries that; but “Truth” is inscribed above it, and he is not fit to enter. He hastens to a third, which is the palace of Justice; but armed sentinels keep the door, and only the righteous can be received. At last, when he is almost in despair, he sees a light shining some distance away, and hastens toward it. The door stands wide open, and beautiful angels meet him with welcomes of joy. It is the house of Mercy, and he is taken in and finds refuge from the storm, and is hospitably entertained.

Not one of us can ever find a refuge at any door save the door of Mercy. But here the vilest sinner can find eternal shelter; and not mere cold shelter only, for God’s mercy is “tender.” We flee for refuge, and find it. Strong walls shut out all pursuing enemies, and cover us from all storms. Then, as we begin to rejoice in our security, we learn that we are inside a sweet home, and not merely a secure shelter. Our refuge is in the very heart of God; and no mother’s bosom was ever so warm a nest for her own child as is the divine mercy for all who find refuge in it.

“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty…
He shall cover thee with his pinions,
And under his wings shalt thou take refuge.” – Psalm 91:1, 4

God Revealed in Christ

By Dr. James R. Miller

“No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son… he hath declared him.” – John 1:18

So we never can know God save through his Son; there is no other possible revelation of him. There is no ladder by which to ascend to God’s blessedness but the ladder of Christ’s incarnation. Christ came in lowly form, and appeared to his friends as a man; but when they learned to know him, they found that he was God himself. This is one of the most precious truths about the incarnation; and we understand its meaning only when we see in every act and word of Christ a manifestation of the Divine heart and life. When we find him at a wedding-feast, we see God putting his sanction anew upon the sacred ordinance of marriage, and upon innocent human gladness and festivities. When we behold him taking little children in his arms, laying his hands upon their heads and blessing them, we learn how God feels toward children, and that he wants parents now to bring their infants to him. When we see him moved with compassion in the presence of pain or of sin, we have a glimpse of the Divine pity toward the suffering and the sinning. When we look, at him receiving the outcast and the fallen, treating them with kindness, forgiving them, and transforming their lives into beauty, we see how God feels toward sinners, and what he is ready to do for the worst and guiltiest. When we behold him going at last to the cross in voluntary sacrifice, giving his life for the lost, we see how God loves sinners. Thus the whole of the incarnation is a manifesting of the invisible God in acts and expressions which we can understand. Thus it is literally true, as Jesus said, “He that hath seen me hath seen the Father.” If we would ever see God, and know him, and enter his family, we must receive Christ. To reject him is to shut ourselves for ever away from the vision of God.

The Bible In A Year

Genesis 18-19,Matthew 6

Daily Wisdom

Proverbs 7

Rejecting Christ

Here is today’s daily devotional…

By Dr. James R. Miller

“He came unto his own, and his own received him not.” – John 1:11

The picture represents Christ coming with infinite grace to those he loved, and to his own people, only to be rejected by them and turned away from their doors. This was one of the saddest things about the Savior’s mission to this world. He was the God of glory and of life; he came to bring heaven to earth: but when he stood at men’s doors and knocked, the doors were kept closed upon him, and he had to turn and go away again, bearing back in his hands the precious gifts and blessings he had brought and wished to leave. We say the Jews, “his own”, were very ungrateful to treat their Messiah in this way; and also that their rejection was a terrible wrong to themselves, for they thrust away in Christ the most glorious things of heaven and eternity. But how is it with ourselves? Christ comes to us; he is continually coming. His hands are full of blessings; he has eternal life to bestow. Do we receive him? Is it not true of us that he comes unto his own, and his own receive him not? Do we really take from the hand of Christ all that he offers to us? Do we not daily grieve him and rob ourselves of blessings by declining what he brings? Especially do we reject Christ often when he comes to us in the garb of pain or sorrow. Many times the blessings he brings to us then are the very richest and the most precious in all his store. But how many of us receive Christ as gladly, and take the gifts from his hand as cheerfully and gratefully, when he comes in grief or suffering, as when he comes in the garb of joy or worldly prosperity? Why should we not do so? Can we not trust his love and wisdom? He never sends pain unless pain is best. He never chastens unless there is a blessing in chastening.

The Bible In A Year

Genesis 10-12,Matthew 4

Daily Wisdom

Proverbs 4

He Careth For You

 “He that is mighty hath done to me great things.” – Luke 1:49

Is it not wonderful that the mighty God, so great, so holy, should ever think of a poor, lowly sinner on this earth? But does he really? It scarcely seems possible. Only consider how many million people there are in this world. Can it be that the glorious God ever gives a separate, special thought to any one person among so many? He may give personal thought to a few great people to kings and rulers, and to certain very good men and women; but surely he does not think of anyone so small and obscure as I am. Ah yes! he does. You remember that a child was once dying of thirst in a desert, and God heard its cries amid all the noise of the world, and sent an angel to point out a spring of water and thus save its life. You remember, too, that story of the baby that the mother could not herself longer shelter, and which she put into a little ark and laid among the sedge beside the river; and you remember how God cared for that helpless infant and provided for it in a wonderful way. Then you remember that Jesus said our heavenly Father cares even for a sparrow and feeds it, and that he even clothes each little flower in the field. If there is not a bird or a flower that he does not think of and care for, surely he gives thought and care to us. We are better than a sparrow, better than a flower. We have immortal souls; we are God’s own children; and was there ever a true father who did not think of, and love and care for, his children? He calls each one of us by name. He hears our prayers. He knows when anything is going wrong with us, or when we are in any trouble. He watches over us, and sends blessings to us every day. What a wonderful thought, that God thinks of each one of us, and does great things for us!”He that is mighty hath done to me great things.” – Luke 1:49

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