“A little grace, a spark of true love to God, a grain of living faith, though small as mustard-seed, is worth a thousand worlds.”
“The Lord’s thoughts are not like ours: in His love and in His ways there are heights which we cannot reach, depths which we cannot fathom, lengths and breadths beyond the range of our feeble sight.
Let us then simply depend upon Him, and do our little best, leaving the event in His hand.”
“Let us then, dear madam, be thankful and cheerful; and while we take shame to ourselves, let us glorify God, by giving Jesus the honor due to His name.
Though we are poor, He is rich.
Though we are weak, He is strong.
Though we have nothing, He possesses all things.
He suffered for us: He calls us to be conformed to Him in sufferings.
He conquered in His own person, and He will make each of His members more than conquerors in due season.
It is good to have one eye upon ourselves; but the other should ever be fixed on Him who stands in the relation of Saviour, Husband, Head, and Shepherd.
In Him we have righteousness, peace, and power.
He can control all that we fear; so that if our path should be through the fire or through the water, neither the flood shall drown us, nor the flame kindle upon us, and ere long He will cut short our conflicts, and say, Come up hither.
Then shall our grateful songs abound, and every fear be wiped away.
Having such promises and assurances, let us lift up our banner in His name, and press on through every discouragement.”
“Here is the mercy, that His ways are above ours as the heavens are higher than the earth. Though we are foolish and unbelieving, He remains faithful: He will not deny Himself.
I recommend to you especially that promise of God, which is so comprehensive that it takes in all our concernments,—I mean, that all things shall work together for good. (Romans 8:28)
How hard is it to believe, that not only those things which are grievous to the flesh, but even those things which draw forth our corruptions, and discover to us what is in our hearts, and fill us with guilt and shame, should in the issue work for our good!
Yet the Lord has said it.
All your pains and trials, all that befalls you in your own person, or that affects you upon the account of others, shall in the end prove to your advantage.
And your peace does not depend upon any change of circumstances which may appear desirable, but in having your will bowed to the Lord’s will, and made willing to submit all to His disposal and management.
Pray for this, and wait patiently for Him, and He will do it.
Be not surprised to find yourself poor, helpless, and vile; all whom He favours and teaches will find themselves so. The more grace increases, the more we shall see to abase us in our own eyes.
And this will make the Saviour and His salvation more precious to us. He takes His own wise methods to humble you, and to prove you.
And I am sure He will do you good in the end.”
“Hide yourself under the shadow of His wings.
Rely upon His care and power.
Look upon Him as a physician who has graciously undertaken to heal your soul of the worst of sicknesses, sin.
Yield to His prescriptions, and fight against every thought that would represent it as desirable to be permitted to choose for yourself.
When you cannot see your way, be satisfied that He is your leader.
When your spirit is overwhelmed within you, He knows your path: He will not leave you to sink.
He has appointed seasons of refreshment, and you shall find He does not forget you.
Above all, keep close to the Throne of Grace.
If we seem to get no good by attempting to draw near Him, we may be sure we shall get none by keeping away from Him.”