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Monday, May 8, 2017

Are There Consolations of God?


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  Are there consolations of God? Yes, there are--, right here in the midst of all these sufferings, shortcomings, regrets, failures and pains. I often wonder a time when I shall stand on the brink of the shoreless sea, then, what would I say to my Creator and Savior? 

  Honestly, I'd like to just cling to His feet and cry out to Him asking; all that I have done, said, researched, translated, proclaimed on this earth in the name of You and for the sake of You... was it right or pleasing in Your eyes? Was it useful or was it just somehow beside the point? O my gracious Savior, cover me, cover my utter shame and foolishness! Lord Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Have mercy on me, your well-meaning but unprofitable servant. 
-Kinuko


THE CONSOLATIONS OF GOD

by John MacDuff

"Comfort, comfort my people, says your God." Isaiah 40:1

God's people are prone to be discouraged because of the difficulty of the way. In the bitterness of their spirits, they are often apt to say, with desponding Zion, "The Lord has forsaken me;" or with the faithless prophet, "It is better for me to die than to live." 

But the Christian has his consolations too, and they are "strong consolations." The "still small voice" mingles with the hurricane and the storm. The bush burns with fire, but the great God is in the bush, and therefore it is indestructible! "The Lord lives, and blessed be my rock; and may the God of my salvation be exalted." Earthly consolations may help to dry one tear, but another tear is ready to flow. God dries all tears. There is no need in the aching voids of the heart that He cannot supply. 

Is it mercy to pardon? I can look up to the throne of the Most High, and see Holiness and Righteousness, Justice and Truth, all bending, in exulting harmony, over my ruined soul, exclaiming, "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptance, that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners!" 


Is it grace to help? I can look up to that same throne, and behold, seated thereon, a Great High Priest; no, a mighty Prince, having power with God, and prevailing-prayer without ceasing ascending from His lips in behalf of His people. When Satan seeks "to sift" them, His upholding power protects them in heaven. 

When temptation assails them in their earthly conflicts, the true Moses on the Mount, with hands that never "grow heavy," makes them "more than conquerors." When trial threatens to prostrate them, He identifies Himself with the sufferers- He points to His own sorrows, to show them how light the heaviest of earth's sorrows are. 

Even over the gloomy portals of the grave He can write, "Blessed are the dead!" He alone felt Death's substance. His people only see "the shadow." He makes it a Valley of Achor, through which "the two spies, Faith and Hope," fetch back Eshcol-pledges of the true Land of Promise!

Reader, are you now weary, or desponding? Is some cross heavy on you- some trial oppressing you- some thorn in the flesh sorely lacerating you? Be still! He will make his grace sufficient. If He has allured you into the wilderness, it is that He may speak comfortably unto you. He has an antidote for every bosom- a balm for every wound- a comfort for every pang- a solace for every tear. "When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul."

"Tis my happiness below

Not to live without the cross, 

Out the Savior's power to know, 

Sanctifying, every loss. 

"Trials must and will befall; 
But with humble faith to see 
Love inscribed upon them all. 
This in happiness so me!
"Trial make the promise sweet, 
Trials give new life to prayer. 
Trials bring me to His feet, 
Lay me low, and keep me there!" 



"I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety." Psalm 4:8




2 comments:

  1. We can bring Him our true heart,even which should not open to others.I have cried to Him many times in secret place.To tell the truth sometimes I felt 'Does He really know my struggle?',but surely He does.Later in time He told me the reason.

    May His glory be revealed through your activity and may God be
    always with you.

    Sanae

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    1. Dear Sanae,
      Thank you so much for your sharing. Through His providential arrangements which we often don't know the reason, we pass through some mysterious, painful tunnels and valleys.

      Some internal agonies are beyond words or expressions. Some discouragements and false accusations are difficult to be endured, through we wish that we could bear with a Lamb-like silence and self-denunciation.

      "Does He really know my struggle?" Oh, yes, I can understand this inner cry to Him. And as you testifies, surely He DOES! Amen.

      In the lowest season of my life, He reminds me of the ancient prayer called: The Valley of Vision (*you know this prayer well.) There contains so many vital truths and comforts that every time I pray this prayer, my sinking soul shall be lifted up and comforted. Actually, when I composed this post, our dear sister Irina was in my heart so deeply. May this message gives consolations to our dear friend and sister. Amen.

      Puritan Prayer: "The Valley of Vision"

      Lord, high and holy, meek and lowly, Thou hast brought me to the valley of vision, where I live in the depths but see Thee in the heights; hemmed in by mountains of sin I behold Thy glory.

      Let me learn by paradox that the way down is the way up, that to be low is to be high, that the broken heart is the healed heart, that the contrite spirit is the rejoicing spirit, that the repenting soul is the victorious soul, that to have nothing is to possess all, that to bear the cross is to wear the crown, that to give is to receive, that the valley is the place of vision.

      Lord, in the daytime stars can be seen from deepest wells, and the deeper the wells the brighter Thy stars shine;

      let me find Thy light in my darkness, Thy life in my death, Thy joy in my sorrow, Thy grace in my sin, Thy riches in my poverty, Thy glory in my valley.

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