THIRTY-FIRST WEEK HELP FROM THE SANCTUARY
“They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.” Isaiah 11:31
Though thy way be long and dreary,
Eagle strength He’ll still renew
Garments fresh and foot unweary
Tell how God hath brought thee through.
We should be in the spirit of waiting pilgrims, not weary ones.
You must not call yourself old as if you were tired. The Lord is never weary, yet the Ancient of Days; you have to renew your strength as an eagle to bear fruit in old age.
The source of real strength is in the sense of the Lord’s being gracious. The natural man in us always disbelieves Christ as the only source of strength and every blessing.
His way is “in the sanctuary” if His way is “in the sea,” and if we are with Him there, the sea bows to His power; but to none else that I know of … when He works all is soon still.
Oh, if the Lord Himself was not the workman, how hopeless would be the thought of reaching all the souls that are in need. It is a comfort then to be able to look to Him, that His eye and grace may reach them.
I have only one precious word to say to you: keep close to Jesus, you know you will find there joy, strength, and that consciousness of His love which sustains everywhere and makes everything else become nothing, there is our happiness and our life.
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” … Human efforts shut this help out. … No human planning is ever right. In His own time and way, God will come in. … Human efforts prove want of faith and restlessness, and planning is mere flesh.
For the path where my Saviour is gone
Has led up to His Father and God—
To the place where He’s now on the throne:
And His strength shall be mine on the road.
Duty ever leads into difficulty, but I have the consolation of saying, God is there, and victory certain.
Occupy yourselves with Christ that you may be refreshed and strengthened. … It is a great thing to pass through sorrows with Him; they are then turned to a well, and grace comes down too. Pray for the saints—all of them—carry the sorrows to Christ, and in your own spirit bring Christ to the sorrows.
It is a great comfort that, in looking at Christ, I not only see the thing I ought to be, but I get the thing I ought to be, “grace for grace.” “We all, with open face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory unto glory.” There is real growth there. … In likeness to Christ, and it ought to be growth every instant.
I generally have many things which press heavily within the range of my responsibility. But I commit them to Him who is mighty above all which this poor world can require, and to whom a burden is no burden at all. … He orders everything according to the counsel of His will.