by James Smith, 1858
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble!” Psalm 46:1
God intended Himself to be the great fountain of supply to His creatures. All are to be dependent on Him… — Just so, the believer is to apply to God for all. Ample provision is made — … only in Jesus... He says, “Look unto Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other!” Isaiah 45:22
This is the business of faith and prayer — to look and apply to Jesus for all that we need. …Let us therefore listen to — and act upon His Word.
“Look unto Me — and be supplied. Whatever you need, either for body or soul — come to Me for it. I have the very blessing which you require…to supply you with it, except it would be to your injury for Me to do so. … leave Me to judge whether it will be for your good — and whether this is the best time for you to have it; if it is — I will surely give it to you. Bring all your needs to Me, express all your desires before Me, exercise faith in Me — and your supplies are certain!” …
“Look unto Me — and be strengthened.” We are very weak and feeble — and we need much strength. We have . . . .
crosses to carry,
burdens to bear, and
innumerable difficulties to overcome.
Our journey is long,
the way is rough,
and our faith is feeble.
But Jesus is the Strong One and that strength He imparts to all who put their trust in Him. By looking to Him, — we find strength flow into our soul; and we become strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might…we must keep the eye of faith fixed on Jesus, and seek our strength from Him.
“Look unto Me — and be comforted.”…We daily need comfort — as much as we need daily food. Jesus is the Comforter of those who are cast down… His presence is the joy of His people; Let us then,… when everything within us is depressing — look to Jesus, and He will comfort us with His love!
“Look unto Me — and be counseled.” We often need advice, for we know not what to do, or which way to go. … We are in deep perplexity, in profound distress. Now is the time to apply to the kindness of, the “Wonderful Counselor.”
Jesus says, “Look unto Me — I will teach you and instruct you in the way which you shall go. I will counsel you, and My eye shall be upon you.” Precious Savior! He loves to be consulted,... He knows our path — He will point out our way. He understands our difficulty —
“Look unto me — and be saved.” Saved from every danger. Saved from every foe. Saved from sin — and all its penal consequences. Let us therefore look unto Him… — all through our life.
And when called to face death and eternity — let us especially look unto Him. He will be with us in the dark valley — and whisper peace. …He will guide us to the golden gates — and lead us up the glorious streets, and present us unto His Father!
O my soul, look to Jesus . . .
whenever Satan assaults you,
whenever foes beset you,
whenever needs oppress you, and
when death stares you in the face!
Look to Jesus for grace — and He will bestow it!
Look to Jesus for strength — and He will impart it!
Look to Jesus for comfort — and He will confer it!
Look to Jesus for counsel — and He will give it!
Look to Jesus for salvation — and He will confer it.
Look for all that He has promised, for all that you feel you need — and He will not deny you what is best for you.
“The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.” Psalm 9:9
“He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield — in whom I take refuge!” Psalm 144:2
“Keep me safe, O God, for in You I take refuge!” Psalm 16:1
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