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Joy and Strength 01/02

As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about His people from henceforth even forever.
Ps. cxxv. 2

I HOPE it may be the happiest year of your life, as I think each succeeding year of everybody’s life should be, if only everybody were wise enough to see things as they are; for it is certain that there really exists, laid up and ready to hand, for those who will just lay hands upon it, enough for every one and enough forever. I am quite sure that the central mistake of all lives that are mistaken is the not taking this simple unchangeable fact for granted, not seeing that it is so, and cannot but be so, and will remain so “though we believe not.” I think I can trace every scrap of sorrow in my own life to this simple unbelief. How could I be anything but quite happy if I believed always that all the past is forgiven, and all the present furnished with power, and all the future bright with hope, because of the same abiding facts, which don’t change with my mood,.do not crumble, because I totter and stagger at the promise through unbelief, but stand firm and clear with their peaks of pearl cleaving the air of Eternity, and the bases of their hills rooted unfathomably in the Rock of God?
James Smetham.

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2 Responses to Joy and Strength 01/02

  • Lisa says:

    Dear Michelle - the Lord bless you for posting these devotionals. I am so thankful. His love guided me, when I was a brand-new Child in Him (and shopping for a Bible! - 22 years ago!), to pull out this precious devotional from the shelf in the book store. I had no idea about anything, but have fed off of and grown from the passages in this lovely book for so many years. Mine is now fallen all apart, and I have no means to purchase another. Bless you for this work of yours, may you be richly fed and sustained by our precious Lord, Jesus Christ. I have visited your site before, and gained some valuable resources. Now I am going to subscribe, so I don't miss a day! In His Name, Lisa

  • Michelle says:

    Dear sister Lisa, Thank you so much for that comment! It has greatly blessed me. I had actually debated about starting a new devotional. Now I am very glad that I did. Thank you for sharing your testimony with "Joy and Strength for the Pilgrim's Day". It has greatly blessed me as well. I have only started to read it a couple years or so ago. The Lord keep and strengthen you.

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