He teaches

(James Smith, “Comfort for Christians!”)  LISTEN to Audio!  Download Audio “Blessed is the man You chasten, O Lord–the man You teach from Your law!” Psalm 94:12 The chastenings of the Lord often appear severe, but they are merciful. They . … Continued

Comfort in this teaching

(J. R. Miller) “I am the Good Shepherd; I know My sheep.” John 10:14 When we think of the millions who are in Christ’s flock, it seems strange to us that He knows and calls each one by name. Yet … Continued

A purpose in affliction

(Alexander Smellie, “The Secret Place” 1907)  LISTEN to audio!  Download audio “Our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the … Continued

He does all things well

(Letters of John Newton) My dear friend, ​I​ rejoice exceedingly in the Lord’s goodness, enabling you to be resigned and satisfied with His will, despite all the feelings and pinchings of flesh and blood. If you can now believe and say, … Continued

If we have God

(J.R. Miller, “Losses” 1880)   “God Himself has said: Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5 This truth ought to bring unspeakable comfort to God’s children, who are called to suffer earthly losses. Because if they have GOD … Continued

He gives us Himself

(James W. Alexander, “Consolation” 1852 edited) “It is good for me that I have been afflicted!” Ps. 119:71 We are all familiar with suffering. We are either now enduring, or shall at some future time endure severe afflictions. There are … Continued

benefits of affliction

(John Angell James) Some of the benefits of affliction, are that it . . . quickens prayer,    extracts the balmy sweets of the promises, endears the Savior. And to crown all, affliction directs the mind to that glorious state … Continued

To be without afflictions is impossible

(James Meikle, “Converse with the Unseen World”)  LISTEN to audio!  Download audio “I am the man(woman) who has seen affliction!“ Lamentations 3:1 To be without afflictions is impossible here below, where man is born to trouble as the sparks fly upward. Not to feel when … Continued

I have a continual need

(John MacDuff, “A Book of Private Prayers” 1890)   My Father in Heaven, I approach the footstool of Your throne of grace, through the merits and mediation of Him whom You always hear. My best motives are mingled with selfishness; my best actions are … Continued