Joy and Strength 11/20

The Lord will lighten my darkness.
2 Sam. xxii. 29.

Upon whom doth not His light arise?
Job XXV. 3.

Hope, then, though woes be doubled,
Hope, and be undismayed;
Let not thy heart be troubled.
Nor let it be afraid.
This prison where thou art.
Thy God will break it soon.
And flood with light thy heart
In His own blessed noon.
Paul Gerhardt.

A CHRISTIAN may for many days together see neither sun nor star, neither light in God’s countenance, nor light in his own heart, though even at that time God darts some beams through those clouds upon the soul; the soul again by a spirit of faith sees some light through those thickest clouds, enough to keep it from utter despair, though not to settle it in peace. In this dark condition, if they do as St. Paul and his company did, cast anchor even in the dark night of temptation, and pray still for day, God will appear, and all shall clear up, we shall see light without and light within; the day-star will arise in their hearts.
Richard Sibbes.

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2 Responses to Joy and Strength 11/20

  1. Lisa says:

    Amen. He is faithful. Thank you for your continuing faithfulness is posting these each day. They are a treasure indeed.

    Are you familiar with Mary Tileston’s book, Prayers Ancient and Modern? Another precious gem. If the Lord leads you, may He bless you to undertake this rich daily devotional as well. God bless you, Michelle.

    Lisa Tyler

    • Michelle says:

      Thank you Lisa. I haven’t heard of this book. I thought about doing Oswald Chambers next, but I’ll pray about this book instead.

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