TWENTY-NINTH WEEK THE ALL-SUFFICIENCY OF CHRIST
“My grace is sufficient for thee.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
Lord Jesus! Source of every grace,
Glorious in light divine.
It is a blessed truth that … we cannot be in circumstances Christ is not sufficient for. Whether it be the church or individual saints, it is impossible to be in a place for which Christ is not sufficient.
I was noticing awhile back how perfect the words, “Rejoice in the Lord always”!—there is the positive portion. “Be careful for nothing” then, as to all that is down here; and in laying our burdens on His throne and heart, it is peace—for He is not troubled and knows the end from the beginning—the peace of God keeps our hearts. What a sanctuary to have in going through!
Above all, believe ever—“My grace is sufficient for thee.” When the heart gets on Christ, all is easy: it is away from what is a snare to us.
He is always the same, sufficient for the young, and sufficient also for the old, and so full of tenderness and grace. May we be kept humble, so as to know Him, and all the resources that are in Him, and they are in Him for … even loneliness—for He has felt it: “Ye shall leave me alone; and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.” So you can say, “I and Christ that is with me.”
The more we know of Him, the more we know He is everything.
Our wisdom is to know that we can do nothing without Jesus—with Him everything that is according to His will. The secret of peace is to be occupied with Him for His own sake, and then we shall find peace in Him and through Him, and be more than conquerors when trouble comes.
It is a great thing to see that the power of Grist in us can set us entirely above everything.
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” In practice we often contradict this truth, probing into that which is below, and only learning disappointment. But God is never disappointed when we are disappointed. He allows us to be disappointed with ourselves, in order that we may better learn our need of, and be satisfied with, Christ.
“Lead me in the way everlasting.”… Is not this way Christ Himself, the only way, the way everlasting? … He (is) pleased to search out our own ways, that He may lead us therein—to shew us that Christ must be practically to us that which He declares Himself to be in His word, “the first and the last,” our “Alpha and Omega.”… All is well that leads us “in the way everlasting,” that beats us out of our own ways and brings us there, that makes us in result value Christ for the way, as well as at the outset, and the end—Christ learnt as our portion to live upon, as well as known for the pardon of our sins.