In seasons of severe trial …

“On Mine arm shall they trust.”
Isaiah 51:5

In seasons of severe trial, the Christian has nothing on earth that he can trust to, and is therefore compelled to cast himself on his God alone. When his vessel is on its beam-ends, and no human deliverance can avail, he must simply and entirely trust himself to the providence and care of God. Happy storm that wrecks a man on such a rock as this! O blessed hurricane that drives the soul to God and God alone! There is no getting at our God sometimes because of the multitude of our friends; but when a man is so poor, so friendless, so helpless that he has nowhere else to turn, he flies into his Father’s arms, and is blessedly clasped therein! When he is burdened with troubles so pressing and so peculiar, that he cannot tell them to any but his God, he may be thankful for them; for he will learn more of his Lord then than at any other time. Oh, tempest-tossed believer, it is a happy trouble that drives thee to thy Father! Now that thou hast only thy God to trust to, see that thou puttest thy full confidence in him. Dishonour not thy Lord and Master by unworthy doubts and fears; but be strong in faith, giving glory to God. Show the world that thy God is worth ten thousand worlds to thee. Show rich men how rich thou art in thy poverty when the Lord God is thy helper. Show the strong man how strong thou art in thy weakness when underneath thee are the everlasting arms. Now is the time for feats of faith and valiant exploits. Be strong and very courageous, and the Lord thy God shall certainly, as surely as he built the heavens and the earth, glorify himself in thy weakness, and magnify his might in the midst of thy distress. The grandeur of the arch of heaven would be spoiled if the sky were supported by a single visible column, and your faith would lose its glory if it rested on anything discernible by the carnal eye. May the Holy Spirit give you to rest in Jesus this closing day of the month.”

– from “Morning and Evening” by Charles Spurgeon. (morning, August 31)

“Brevity of Life 1” by Battle, Adventure, Beauty. (electronic/instrumental LMMS track)

“Brevity of Life 1” by Battle, Adventure, Beauty.
Simple electronic/instrumental LMMS track

Life may not seem sensational on any particular day …

“Life may not seem sensational on any particular day, but committed disciples will sense that they have a peace and poise in their life that they didn’t know before. They will sense that the gears of life are meshing. From time to time they will see things happening that would not happen according to the laws of chance or probability. They will know that God is using them, and yet it is not a knowledge that produces pride. Whether they know it or not, their service sparkles with the supernatural, and when they touch other lives, something happens for God.”

-from p.179 of “My Heart, My Life, My All” by William MacDonald.

Life is like a coin …

“Life is like a coin. We can spend it any way we want. But we can spend it only once.
Our intentions may be good. We may mean well. But that is not enough. We say “Some day,” but God says, ‘Today.” We have been listening to our doubts, fears, excuses, and hesitations too long. Now let us listen to God.
Then let us make this reasonable reply today and every day:
Love so amazing, so divine,
Shall have my heart, my life, my all.
Now then, do it!”

-from p.184 of “My Heart, My Life, My All” by William MacDonald.

If there are tasks we do not particularly enjoy …

“If there are tasks we do not particularly enjoy, we do them, knowing that they are part of God’s will. We accept whatever He assigns us – accidents, interruptions, or mountain-top experiences – as His answer to our commitment.”

-from p.178 of “My Heart, My Life, My All” by William MacDonald.

When Christ is at the controls …

“When Christ is at the controls, He saves us from spending our lives on trivia. He guarantess that they will be of eternal consequence. We may not realize it at the time, but it’s true nonetheless.
One of the pains of living is to see people who were made in the image of God wasting their time on trivial pursuits. It is especially sad to see Christians prostituting their strength and talents on something that doesn’t matter.”

-from p.155 of “My Heart, My Life, My All” by William MacDonald.