Joy and Strength 04/25

Truly I am full of power by the Spirit of the Lord.
Micah iii. 8.

You, who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation,
1 Peter i. 4, 5.

THOU must not look so much at the evil that is nigh, but rather at that which stands ready to pity and help, — and which hath pitied and helped thy distressed soul, and will pity and help it again. Why is there a mercy-seat, but for the sinner to look towards in time of need ? Be patient till the Lord’s tender mercy and love visit thee again; and then, look up to Him against this and such like snares, which would come between thee and the appearance of the Lord’s love; that thou may-est feel more of His abidings with thee, and of the sweet effects thereof. For, these things are not to destroy thee, but to teach thee wisdom; which the Lord is able, through many exercises and sore trials, to bestow upon thee; that thy heart may be rid of all that burdeneth, and filled with all it rightly desires after, in the proper season and goodness of the Lord ; to whose wise ordering and tender mercy I commit thee.
Isaac Penington

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