APRIL 21

 

We have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities, but was tempted in all points like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need—Heb. 4: 15, 16.

 

In the moment of temptation the heart should lift itself to the great Master, in full assurance of faith, recognizing His love, His wisdom and His ability to help us, and His willingness to make all things work together for good to those who love Him. Asking for assistance in such a time of need would surely draw to us the Lord's counsel and help and strength for righteousness, truth, purity and love; and thus we shall be hourly victorious, daily victorious, and finally victorious.

 

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There is no experience of trial from the flesh, the world and Satan falling to the lot of the Lord's people that the Lord has not in principle endured. Even though His temptations were not along the line of sin, but along the line of worldliness and natural selfishness, they were nevertheless keen, and worked in Him sympathy for us under like trials. This should give us confidence to approach God through and in Him for help in every time of need.

 

Parallel passages: Heb. 2: 17, 18; 3: 1; 5: 1-5; 7: 11-28; 8: 12; 9: 23; Luke 23: 34; John 14: 6, 13-16; 16: 23-26; 17: 20-22; Rom. 8: 34; 1Cor. 10: 13; Eph. 3: 12; Heb. 10: 19-21.

 

Questions: What experiences of this week have been in line with this text? How was I exercised by them?

 

THERE'S ONLY ONE

 

PSALM 73: 25

 

THERE'S only one upon whose care

We safely lay our thoughts to rest;

There's only one who knows the depth

Of sorrow in each stricken breast.

 

There's only one whose pity falls

Like dew upon the wounded heart;

There's only one who never leaves,

Though enemy and friend depart.

 

There's only one, when none are by,

To wipe away the falling tear;

There's only one to heal the wound,

And stay the weak one's timid fear.

 

There's only one who understands

And enters into all we feel;

There's only one who views each spring

And each perplexing wheel in wheel.

 

There's only one who can support,

And who sufficient grace can give

To bear up under every grief,

And spotless in this world to live.

 

O blessed Jesus, Friend of friends!

Above us raise Thy sheltering arm,

And while amid this evil world,

Protect us from its guilt and harm.

 

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