(Octavius Winslow, “Morning Thoughts”)
“Without Me, you can do nothing.” John 15:5.
Oh, that each Christian would but realize this
truth: that simpler, closer, more experimental
views of Jesus would essentially strengthen
the tone of inward spirituality and comfort!
The great secret of all comfort in seasons of
affliction is to take the affliction, as it comes,
simply to Christ.
…It is living upon Christ for all he needs,
going to Christ under all circumstances,
and all seasons, which form the happy and holy life
of a child of God.
Christ must be all in all to him. Friends,
domestic comforts, church privileges, means
of grace; nothing must suffice for Jesus.
And why does the Lord so frequently allow trials?
Why remove friends, why blight domestic
comforts? Oh, why? but to open a way through
which He Himself might enter the believer, and
convince that lonely, bereaved, and desolate
heart, that He is a substitute for everything,
while nothing shall ever be a substitute for Him.
He will have the supreme affection of His people;
they shall find their all in Him. And to this end He
allows afflictions, crosses, and disappointments-
to wean them from everything and draw them
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As though it had never been!
Child of God, soon, oh, how soon! all that now
loads your heart with care, and wrings it with
sorrow; all that dims your eye with tears, and
renders the day anxious and the night sleepless;
will be as though it had never been!
Emerging from . . .
the loneliness and
the temptations of the wilderness,
you shall enter upon your everlasting rest,
your unfading inheritance, where there is . . .
or midnight darkness,
but all is one perfect, cloudless, eternal day; for
Jesus is the joy, the light, and the glory thereof.
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