With the beginning of school quickly approaching, time to blog has been few and far between. I have still been soaking up Streams in the Desert daily, and here are some of the things that stuck out the most to me this month.
We can depend on God to fulfill His promise, even when all the roads leading to it are closed. – Matthew Henry
“When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble.” – Proverbs 4:12
The Lord only builds a bridge of faith directly under the feet of a faithful traveler.
Why should I be frightened and surprised by the plow of the Lord, which makes deep furrows in my soul? I know He is not some arbitrary or irrational farmer – His purpose is to yield a harvest. – Samuel Rutherford
The Lord watches over us in all the difficult places, and He will not allow even one trial that is too much for us. He will use His refining fire to burn away our impurities and will then gloriously come to our rescue.
“I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the desert . . . . There I will give her back her vineyards.” – Hosea 2:14-15
God leads me into hard and difficult places, and it is there I realize I am where eternal streams abide.
“We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.” – 2 Chronicles 20:12
If we have completely entrusted something to God, we must keep our hands off it.
Since God knows what niche we are to fill, let us trust Him to shape us to it. And since He knows what work we are to do, let us trust Him to grind us so we will be properly prepared.
Nearly all of God’s jewels are crystallized tears.
No matter how overwhelming, any burden God has lovingly placed with His own hands on our shoulders is a blessing. – Frederick William Faber
“I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.” – Isaiah 48:10
Whatever occurs in the valley of tears, I know He has chosen me. – Charles Spurgeon
Christ sometimes delays His help so He may test our faith and energize our prayers. . . . He sleeps but He never oversleeps, for He is never too late. – Alexander Maclaren
Unbelief looks at God through the circumstances, just as we often see the sun dimmed by clouds or smoke. But faith puts God between itself and the circumstances, and looks at them through Him. – F. B. Meyer
“He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold.” – Job 23:10
Faith grows during storms. God is there to meet you in the center of each trial. – E. A. Kilbourne
That is genuine faith – believing and declaring what God has said, stepping out on what appears to be thin air and finding solid rock beneath your feet.
Is the altar of sacrifice calling you? Why not ask God to bind you to it, so you will never be tempted to turn away from a life of consecration, or dedication, to Him?
Trusting even when it appears you have been forsaken; praying when it seems your words are simply entering a vast expanse where no one hears and no voice answers; believing that God’s love is complete and that He is aware of your circumstances, even when your world seems to grind on as if setting its own direction and not caring for life or moving one inch in response to your petitions; desiring only what God’s hands have planned for you; waiting patiently while seemingly starving to death, with your only fear being that your faith might fail – ‘this is the victory that has overcome the world’; this is genuine faith indeed. – George MacDonald
We sometimes seem to forget that what God takes from us, He takes with fire, and that the only road to a life of resurrection and ascension power leads us first to Gethsemane, the cross, and the tomb. . . . The moment of your greatest sacrifice will also be the precise moment of your greatest and most miraculous blessing. – F. B. Meyer
Is the Lord being quiet with you? Nevertheless, He is attentive and still sees everything. He has His finger on your pulse and is extremely sensitive to even the slightest change. And He will come to save you when the perfect moment has arrived. – from Daily Devotional Commentary
“The eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” – 2 Chronicles 16:9
God is looking for men and women whose hearts are firmly fixed on Him and who will continually trust Him for all He desires to do with their lives. There is no limit to what God can do through you, provided you do not seek your own glory.
Great faith is exhibited no so much in doing as in suffering. – Charles Parkhurst
He (Christ) has already entered the Most Holy Place on your behalf, holding up your name on the palms of His hands. The messenger is now on his way to bring you your blessing, and the Holy Spirit simply awaits your act of trust, so He may whisper in your heart the echo of the answer from the throne of God, “It is done.” – A. B. Simpson
While the first level of faith believes when our emotions are favorable, the second believes when all feelings are absent. And the third level transcends the other two, for it is faith that believes God and His Word when circumstances, emotions, appearances, people, and human reason all seem to urge something to the contrary. . . . May God grant us faith to completely trust His Word, even when every other sign points the other way. – Charles H. Parkhurst
Our time is in His hands, and He will quickly avenge those He has chosen, swiftly coming to our support without ever delaying even one hour too long. – Andrew Murray
No matter the source of the evil confronting you, if you are in God and thereby completely surrounded by Him, you must realize that it has first passed through Him before coming to you. Because of this, you can thank Him for everything that comes your way. This does not mean thanking Him for the sin that accompanies evil, but offering thanks for what He will bring out of it and through it. – Charles H. Parkhurst
Do you believe God only when your circumstances are favorable, or do you believe no matter what your circumstances may be? – Charles H. Parkhurst
Faith is believing what we do not see, and the reward for this kind of faith is to see what we believe. – St. Augustine
“You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” – John 13:7
Waiting with hope is very difficult, but true patience is expressed when we must even wait for hope. . . . I will have reached the point of greatest strength once I have learned to wait for hope. – George Matheson
Strive to be one of the few who walk this earth with the ever present realization – every morning, noon, and night – that the unknown that people call heaven is directly behind those things that are visible.
“Test Me in this . . . and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.” – Malachi 3:10
Give all He asks and take all He promises. – Samuel Dickey Gordon
“His way is in the whirlwind and the storm.” – Nahum 1:3
Storms bring blessings, and rich fruit will be harvested later. – Henry Ward Beecher
If we would look at our past, most of us would realize that the times we endured the greatest stress and felt that every path was blocked were the very times our heavenly Father chose to do the kindest things for us and bestow His richest blessings. – A. B. Simpson
Give what you have, for you never know – to someone else it may be better than you can even dare to think. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
When you are unsure which course to take, totally submit your own judgment to that of the Spirit of God, asking Him to shut every door except the right one. But meanwhile keep moving ahead and consider the absence of a direct indication from God to be the evidence of His will that you are on His path. – F. B. Meyer
- Faith Grows During Storms (pilgrimwanderings.wordpress.com)
- Rearranging the Landscape (pilgrimwanderings.wordpress.com)
- Joy That Can Endure (pilgrimwanderings.wordpress.com)
- Thoughts on Thankfulness (pilgrimwanderings.wordpress.com)
- In the Furnace of Affliction (pilgrimwanderings.wordpress.com)