TWENTY-FOURTH DAY “Them that honour Me I will honour.” I Samuel 2:30.
I have not been in the smallest degree a loser in acting according to the dictates of my conscience, and as regards spiritual things the Lord has indeed dealt bountifully with me, and led me on in many respects, and moreover, has condescended to use me as an instrument in doing His work.
TWENTY-THIRD DAY “If thou . . . searchest as for hid treasures, then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord.” Proverbs 2:4.
The first thing I did after having asked the Lord’s blessing upon His precious Word, was to begin to meditate on the Word of God, searching, as it were, into every verse to get blessing out of it; not for the sake of the public ministry of the Word, but for the sake of obtaining food for my own soul.
TWENTY-SECOND DAY “We through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.” Rom. 15:4.
This morning Luke 7 came in the course of my reading before breakfast. While reading about the Centurion and the raising from the dead of the widow’s son at Nain, I lifted up my heart thus: “Lord Jesus, Thou hast the same power now. Thou canst provide me with means for Thy work in my hands. Be pleased to do so.”
TWENTY-FIRST DAY “Thou hast magnified Thy Word above all Thy Name.” Psalm 138:2.
He has condescended to enable me to circulate the Scriptures in all parts of the earth, and in various languages; and has been pleased thus, simply through the reading of the Holy Scriptures, to bring thousands of persons to the knowledge of the Lord Jesus.
TWENTIETH DAY “As many as were ordained to eternal life believed.” Acts 13:48.
The question, therefore, simply is this: Do I believe in the Lord Jesus? Do I take Him to be the One whom God declares Him to be, i.e. His Beloved Son in whom He is well pleased? If so, I am a believer, therefore the matter is a very simple one; if I believe in the Lord Jesus, I am a chosen one-I have been appointed to eternal life.
NINETEENTH DAY “Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord.” Exodus 14:13.
Were we to stand still in order to see the salvation of God, to see His hand stretched out on our behalf, trusting in Him alone, then our faith would be increased, and with every fresh case in which the hand of God is stretched out on our behalf in the hour of the trial of our faith, our faith would be increased yet more.
EIGHTEENTH DAY “I have esteemed the Words of His mouth more than my necessary food.” Job 23:12.
Before we went to work we had, as an habitual practice, our seasons for prayer and reading the Holy Scriptures. Should the children of God neglect this and let their work or service for God interfere with caring about their own souls, they cannot be happy in God; and their happiness must also suffer on account of it.
SEVENTEENTH DAY “I love Thy commandments above gold.” Ps. 119:127.
I have been for sixty-eight years and three months a lover of the Word of God, and that uninterruptedly. During this time I have read considerably more than one hundred times through the whole of the Old and New Testaments, with prayer and meditation.
SIXTEENTH DAY “My soul, wait thou only upon God.” Ps. 62:5.
Often it may appear that we wait upon the Lord in vain; but in His own time God will abundantly prove that it was not in vain. Go on to wait upon the Lord. Continue to make known your requests to Him; but do expect help from Him. You honor God by believing that He does hear your prayers, and that He will answer them.
FIFTEENTH DAY “Thy servant did meditate in Thy statues.” Ps. 119:23.
Prayer requires, generally speaking, a measure of strength or godly desire, and the season, therefore, when this exercise of the soul can be most effectually performed, is after the inner man has been nourished by meditation on the Word of God, where we find our Father speaking to us to encourage us.