Divine promises

I have much more to say to you–more than you can now bear.” John 16:12

In life-teaching, the lessons are given only as fast as they are learned. Our Master will not teach us more rapidly than we can live His lessons. It was in the midst of His most confidential talk with His disciples, He said He had much more to say to them, more than they could now bear.

Spiritual truths can be received–only as we come to the experiences for which they are adapted. There are many divine promises which we cannot claim, and blessedness we cannot realize until we come to places in life for which they were specially given.

For example: “He will conceal me in His shelter in the day of adversity; He will hide me under the cover of His tent; He will set me high on a rock.” It can be understood only by one who is in the depths of trouble.

There is a large part of the Bible that can be received by us, only when we come into the places for which the words were given.
There are promises for weakness–which we can never get, while we are strong.
Promises for times of danger–which we can’t know, in the days when we need no protection.
There are consolations for sickness whose comfort we don’t get, while we are in robust health.
Promises for times of loneliness, which do not come with real meaning, while loving companions are by our side.
There are words for old age–which we cannot appropriate for ourselves along the years of youth.

When we come into places of–

need, sorrow, weakness, failure, loneliness, sickness, old age then Christ will tell us these long-withheld things. And they will be full of joy for our hearts!


Thus all the treasures of the Bible are ready to open to us, the moment we have the experience which the particular grace in them is intended to supply.

Hence it is that the Bible is never exhausted. Men read it over and over again, and each time they find something new in it–new promises, comforts, revealings of divine love. The reason is, they are growing in experience. Every new experience develops new needs and brings them to new revealings.

Thus, as life goes on, the meaning of Christ’s words come out clearer and clearer, until the child’s heedless repetition of them, becomes the utterance of the faith and trust of the strong man’s very soul. This is the great law of divine revealing. We learn Christ’s teaching–only as fast as we are able to bear it.

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