with a daily devotion
Morning Meditations for October 6
The Lord God omnipotent reigneth.—REV. 19:6.
I know that thou canst do every thing.—The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.—He doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?—There is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it?—Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee.
Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.—Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth his hand and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean.—The mighty God.—All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.—Be strong and courageous, be not afraid nor dismayed, . . . there be more with us than with him.
“Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst.”
He who is a believer in Jesus finds enough in his Lord to satisfy him now, and to content him for evermore. The believer is not the man whose days are weary for want of comfort, and whose nights are long from absence of heart-cheering thought, for he finds in religion such a spring of joy, such a fountain of consolation, that he is content and happy. Put him in a dungeon and he will find good company; place him in a barren wilderness, he will eat the bread of heaven; drive him away from friendship, he will meet the “friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” Blast all his gourds, and he will find shadow beneath the Rock of Ages; sap the foundation of his earthly hopes, but his heart will still be fixed, trusting in the Lord. The heart is as insatiable as the grave till Jesus enters it, and then it is a cup full to overflowing. There is such a fulness in Christ that he alone is the believer’s all. The true saint is so completely satisfied with the all-sufficiency of Jesus that he thirsts no more—except it be for deeper draughts of the living fountain. In that sweet manner, believer, shalt thou thirst; it shall not be a thirst of pain, but of loving desire; thou wilt find it a sweet thing to be panting after a fuller enjoyment of Jesus’ love. One in days of yore said, “I have been sinking my bucket down into the well full often, but now my thirst after Jesus has become so insatiable, that I long to put the well itself to my lips, and drink right on.” Is this the feeling of thine heart now, believer? Dost thou feel that all thy desires are satisfied in Jesus, and that thou hast no want now, but to know more of him, and to have closer fellowship with him? Then come continually to the fountain, and take of the water of life freely. Jesus will never think you take too much, but will ever welcome you, saying, “Drink, yea, drink abundantly, O beloved.”
8. Bildad Speaks
1Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,
2How long wilt thou speak these things?
And how long shall the words of thy mouth be like a mighty wind?
3Doth God pervert justice?
Or doth the Almighty pervert righteousness?
4If thy children have sinned against him,
And he hath delivered them into the hand of their transgression;
5If thou wouldest seek diligently unto God,
And make thy supplication to the Almighty;
6If thou wert pure and upright:
Surely now he would awake for thee,
And make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous.
7And though thy beginning was small,
Yet thy latter end would greatly increase.
8For inquire, I pray thee, of the former age,
And apply thyself to that which their fathers have searched out:
9(For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing,
Because our days upon earth are a shadow);
10Shall not they teach thee, and tell thee,
And utter words out of their heart?
11Can the rush grow up without mire?
Can the flag grow without water?
12Whilst it is yet in its greenness, and not cut down,
It withereth before any other herb.
13So are the paths of all that forget God;
And the hope of the godless man shall perish:
14Whose confidence shall break in sunder,
And whose trust is a spider's web.
15He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand:
He shall hold fast thereby, but it shall not endure.
16He is green before the sun,
And his shoots go forth over his garden.
17His roots are wrapped about the stone -heap,
He beholdeth the place of stones.
18If he be destroyed from his place,
Then it shall deny him, saying, I have not seen thee.
19Behold, this is the joy of his way;
And out of the earth shall others spring.
20Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man,
Neither will he uphold the evil-doers.
21He will yet fill thy mouth with laughter,
And thy lips with shouting.
22They that hate thee shall be clothed with shame;
And the tent of the wicked shall be no more.
28As touching the gospel, they are enemies for your sake: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers' sake. 29For the gifts and the calling of God are not repented of. 30For as ye in time past were disobedient to God, but now have obtained mercy by their disobedience, 31even so have these also now been disobedient, that by the mercy shown to you they also may now obtain mercy. 32For God hath shut up all unto disobedience, that he might have mercy upon all.
40How oft did they rebel against him in the wilderness,
And grieve him in the desert!
41And they turned again and tempted God,
And aprovoked the Holy One of Israel.
42They remember not his hand,
Nor the day when he redeemed them from the adversary;
43How he set his signs in Egypt,
And his wonders in the field of Zoan,
44And turned their rivers into blood,
And their streams, so that they could not drink.
45He sent among them swarms of flies, which devoured them;
And frogs, which destroyed them.
46He gave also their increase unto the caterpillar,
And their labor unto the locust.
47He adestroyed their vines with hail,
And their sycomore-trees with afrost.
48He gave over their cattle also to the hail,
And their flocks to hot thunderbolts.
49He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger,
Wrath, and indignation, and trouble,
aA band of angels of evil.
50He amade a path for his anger;
He spared not their soul from death,
But gave atheir life over to the pestilence,
51And smote all the first-born in Egypt,
The achief of their strength in the tents of Ham.
52But he led forth his own people like sheep,
And guided them in the wilderness like a flock.
53And he led them safely, so that they feared not;
But the sea overwhelmed their enemies.
54And he brought them to the border of his sanctuary,
To this amountain, which his right hand had gotten.
55He drove out the nations also before them,
And allotted them for an inheritance by line,
And made the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tents.