In the Storm

“There is peace even in the storm”

Vincent van Gogh, The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

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God Knows

And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”
And he replied:
“Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”
So I went forth, and finding the Hand of God, trod gladly into the night. And He led me towards the hills and the breaking of day in the lone East.
So heart be still:
What need our little life
Our human life to know,
If God hath comprehension?
In all the dizzy strife
Of things both high and low,
God hideth His intention.
God knows. His will
Is best. The stretch of years
Which wind ahead, so dim
To our imperfect vision,
Are clear to God. Our fears
Are premature; In Him,
All time hath full provision.
Then rest: until
God moves to lift the veil
From our impatient eyes,
When, as the sweeter features
Of Life’s stern face we hail,
Fair beyond all surmise
God’s thought around His creatures
Our mind shall fill.

Minnie Louise Haskins (1875-1957)

Dwell

“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”

Paul, Apostle of Christ, Ephesians 3:16-19

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Between Sin and Grace

“Furthermore, the exceeding riches of God’s grace may be guessed at by the fact divine mercy is above all our sins.  You cannot sin so much as God can forgive.  If it comes to a battle between sin and grace, you shall never be so bad as God shall be good.  You can only sin as a man, but God can forgive as a God.  You sin as a finite creature, but the Lord forgives as the infinite Creator.  When that thought struck my soul last night, I felt like Abraham when he laughed for joy.  I sin like a man, but He forgives like a God.  We will never sin that grace may abound, for that is detestable.  But what a blessed text it is: “Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound” (Romans 5:20).  Gross and intolerable as your sin may be, yet it is but as the drop of a bucket compared with the immense ocean of forgiving love.  Does that not magnify the mercy of God?”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Grace Abounding in a Sinner’s Life

Without Stain

“God, who foresaw your tribulation, has specially armed you to go through it, not without pain but without stain.”

CS Lewis

 

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My Unmoving Mansion of Rest

“The Christian knows no change with regard to God. He may be rich to-day and poor to-morrow; he may be sickly to-day and well to-morrow; he may be in happiness to-day, to-morrow he may be distressed—but there is no change with regard to his relationship to God. If He loved me yesterday, He loves me to-day. My unmoving mansion of rest is my blessed Lord. Let prospects be blighted; let hopes be blasted; let joy be withered; let mildews destroy everything; I have lost nothing of what I have in God. He is “my strong habitation whereunto I can continually resort.” I am a pilgrim in the world, but at home in my God. In the earth I wander, but in God I dwell in a quiet habitation.”

C.H. Spurgeon, Morning and Evening (February 27, Morning)

“Furthermore, the exceeding riches of God’s grace may be guessed at by the fact divine mercy is above all our sins.  You cannot sin so much as God can forgive.  If it comes to a battle between sin and grace, you shall never be so bad as God shall be good.  You can only sin as a man, but God can forgive as a God.  You sin as a finite creature, but the Lord forgives as the infinite Creator.  When that thought struck my soul last night, I felt like Abraham when he laughed for joy.  I sin like a man, but He forgives like a God.  We will never sin that grace may abound, for that is detestable.  But what a blessed text it is: “Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound” (Romans 5:20).  Gross and intolerable as your sin may be, yet it is but as the drop of a bucket compared with the immense ocean of forgiving love.  Does that not magnify the mercy of God?”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Grace Abounding in a Sinner’s Life

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