Who is it that will come one day, and whom every eye shall see? The Lord Jesus, the Savior of sinners, the Judge of all men! Every eye shall see Him. My eye shall see Him too! Will it be with fear and terror–that I shall behold the King of kings coming to judgment? Or will my gaze be that of admiration and love for my adorable Redeemer?
All Christians rejoice in the expectation of His second coming, when faith shall be turned to sight. How can we fear the realization of our fondest hopes, the accomplishment of our best desires? The more we look to Jesus now, by faith–the less shall we fear death and judgment. For how, indeed, can we fear to meet our best and dearest Friend?
Paul assures us that there is a crown which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give at His coming–to all who love His appearing. Let us not shrink, then, from meditation on the glorious coming of Christ, but rather look for and expect it as the end of all our sins, sufferings and trials–and the beginning of perfect and eternal happiness!
Let us ask ourselves, “Are we willing this very night to leave all on earth, and go to Jesus?” If we could really see Jesus standing at the right hand of God, and saying to us this very night, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the Kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world!”–I am quite sure that nothing on earth could detain us!
“He who testifies to these things says: Surely I am coming quickly!
Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!” Revelation 22:20
God’s strength is “made perfect in our weakness.” This means that the Divine power is most conspicuous, when our weakness is the most thoroughly felt. We have got first to be emptied of all self-conceit and self-confidence. A bucket cannot hold air and water at the same time. As the water comes in–the air must go out. The reason why God give us some hard trials–is to get the accursed spirit of SELF out of our hearts! When we have been emptied of self-trust, then we are in the condition to be filled with might in the inner man, by the power of the Holy Spirit.
A Christian must not only realize his own utter feebleness–but he must give up what worldlings rely on, and admit that “vain is the help of man.” That poor woman who had tried all the doctors, and had only grown worse in body, and poorer in purse–is a touching illustration of our invalid souls. She, having despaired of human help–came crouching to the feet of the Son of God. One touch of His garments sent a new tide of health through her veins. Just so–contact with Christ brings currents of the Divine power into our souls–so that we can do all things through Christ who strengths us!
This is the real office of faith. It is simply the linking of our utter weakness–to the omnipotence of Christ! We furnish the weakness–and He furnishes the strength–and that makes the partnership! The baby furnishes a hungry little mouth–and the mother furnishes the nourishing milk. The mother is happy that she can give the full supply–and the rosy darling is happy as it draws in the sweet contentment. What a beautiful picture of my poor, weak, hungry soul–resting on the bosom of the Infinite Love! There is no danger that the supply will ever give out, for my Lord, my Feeder, my Supporter–is constantly saying unto me, “My grace is sufficient for you!” In this way we are strengthened with all might according to His glorious power.
Prayer is . . .
the application of need, to Him who alone can relieve it;
the voice of sin, to Him who alone can pardon it;
the urgency of spiritual poverty;
the prostration of pride;
the fervency of penitence;
the confidence of trust.
Prayer is . . .
not eloquence, but earnestness;
not the confession of helplessness, but the feeling of it;
not figures of speech, but compunction of soul.
Prayer is the “Lord, save me! I am perishing!” of drowning Peter.
Prayer is the cry of faith to the ear of divine mercy.
Adoration is the noblest employment of created beings.
Confession is the natural language of guilty creatures.
Gratitude is the spontaneous expression of pardoned sinners.
Prayer is the earnest desire of the soul. It is not mere conception of the mind, nor a mere effort of the intellect, nor an act of the memory; but an elevation of the soul towards its Maker; a pressing sense of our own ignorance and infirmity. Prayer is a consciousness . . .
of the majesty of God,
of His readiness to hear,
of His power to help,
of His willingness to save.
Prayer is the outpouring of the heart unto our loving heavenly Father.