Tag Archive | journey

Timely Word for the Journey

My favourite Christian author, preacher, writer, and teacher is Charles H. Spurgeon.  Anyone who’s read my blog for even a week has probably figured that one out!  The devotional I’ve worn out for the past 7 years is Morning by Morning.  Each page offers insight, encouragement, and Scriptures that always point to Jesus.  His daily meditations have never ceased to offer timely words for my journey.

Sometimes I share little blurbs, other time composites of Spurgeon thought, but today I must share the devotional in its entirety.  It’s That good!  May it connect with someone’s heart and need today, and lift up a weary pilgrim along the way:

“He led them forth by the right way.”  Psalm 107:9

Changing circumstances often causes the anxious believer to ask, “Why is this happening to me?” I looked for light, but darkness came; for peace, but faced trouble. I said in my heart, my mountain stands firm, I shall never be moved.  Lord, You hide Your face, and I am troubled. Only yesterday I could read my title clearly; but today my evidences are blurred, and my hopes are clouded.  Yesterday I could climb the mountain and view the landscape and rejoice with confidence in my future inheritance; today my spirit has no hopes, but many fears; no joys, but great distress.

Is this part of God’s plan for me? Can this be the way in which God would bring me to heaven?

Yes, it is even so. The eclipse of your faith, the darkness of your mind, the fainting of your hope–all these things are just parts of God’s method of making you ready for the great inheritance, which you will soon enjoy.

These trials are for the testing and strengthening of your faith–they are waves that wash you further upon the rock–they are winds that steer your ship more quickly toward the desired haven. What David wrote then will be true of you: “He brought them to their desired haven” (verse 30). By honor and dishonor, by evil report and by good report, by plenty and by poverty, by joy and by distress, by persecution and by peace–by all these things your spiritual life is maintained, and by each of these you are helped on your way.

Do not think, believer, that your sorrows are out of God’s plan; they are necessary parts of it. “Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom.” Learn, then, to “count it all joy . . . when you meet trials of various kinds.”

O let my trembling soul be still,
And trust Thy wise, Thy holy will!
I cannot, Lord, Thy purpose see,
Yet all is well since ruled by Thee.

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If you would like some daily encouragement from Spurgeon, you can buy his devotionals HERE, or read it online HERE.

Veiled Voyage

“He stilled the storm to a whisper, the waves of the sea were hushed.
They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven.” Psalm 107:29, 30

 

I’m already behind this year! 

For several years, I’ve begun the New Year by writing two prayers to the Lord:  one of thankfulness for His supreme mercy and grace for the past; the other, a prayer of dedication, commitment, and a few requests for the year ahead.  This morning, I re-read several of these and was awestruck, all over again, by God’s faithfulness in my life.  So much so, that words escape me and I cant’ compose any new thoughts!

       Or, in other words, I haven’t written my 2011 prayers…

But I love the following from The Valley of Vision [1], because it expresses an utter dependency on the Lord that I long to foster with each passing day.  Perhaps you may take this with you on the journey through 2011.  A journey, or voyage, presently veiled from our eyes by a gracious and understanding Lord.

 

 

Voyage

O Lord of the oceans,
My little bark sails on a restless sea,
Grant that Jesus may sit at the helm and steer me safely,
Suffer no adverse currents to divert my heavenward course,
Let not my faith be wrecked amid storms and shoals,
Bring me to harbour with flying pennants, hull unbreached, cargo unspoiled.

My little bark sails..

I ask great things,
     expect great things,
         shall receive great things.
I venture on Thee wholly, fully,
          my wind, sunshine, anchor, defence.

The voyage is long, the waves high, the storms pitiless,
but my helm is held steady,
the Word secures safe passage,
Thy grace wafts me onward,
my haven is guaranteed.

My haven is guaranteed

This day will bring me nearer home,
Grant me holy consistency in every transaction,
            my peace flowing as a running tide,
            my righteousness as every chasing wave.
Help me to live circumspectly,
with skill to convert every care into prayer.

Halo my path with gentleness and love,
smooth every asperity of temper,
let me not forget how easy it is to occasion grief,
may I strive to bind up every wound,
            and pour oil on all troubled waters.

Halo my path with gentleness and love

May the world this day be happier and better because I live,
Let my mast before me be the Saviour’s cross,
and every oncoming wave the fountain in His side.

My Mast, the Saviour's Cross

Help me, protect me in the moving sea,
until I reach the shore of unceasing praise.

 

…with unceasing praise!

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Lord, help me to turn every care into prayer, and give thanks for Your unfailing love!

From Psalm 107…

Some went out on the sea in ships;
   they were merchants on the mighty waters.
They saw the works of the LORD,
   his wonderful deeds in the deep.
For he spoke and stirred up a tempest
   that lifted high the waves.
They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths;
   in their peril their courage melted away.

They reeled and staggered like drunkards;
   they were at their wits’ end.
Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble,
   and He brought them out of their distress. 
He stilled the storm to a whisper;
   the waves of the sea were hushed.
They were glad when it grew calm,
   and he guided them to their desired haven.
Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind.

 

 

[1] Arthur Bennett, Ed.  The Valley of Vision:  A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions.  Banner of Truth Trust, Carlisle, PA.  2003

My Compass, His Word

My Compass, His Word

Thy Word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.”  Psalm 119:105

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 
In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
Proverbs 3:5, 6

“Man’s steps are ordained by the Lord, How then can man understand his way?” Proverbs 20:24

“The steadfast of mind Thou wilt keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in Thee.”  Isaiah 26:4

“I know, O Lord, that a man’s way is not in himself, nor is it in a man who walks to direct his step.”  Jeremiah 10:23

“Do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.”  Matthew 6:34

Birthdays are one of those times when I reflect back and assess some sort of progress over the past year…or lack thereof.  Then I switch gears and ponder on what lies ahead, inordinately curious about the things that may cross my unknown path…the joys, difficulties, decisions, disappointments, etc..  Usually this train of thought leads only to anxiety and a compulsive desire to control my ‘fate.’  But what do I know??   Only God knows my days.  He alone orders my path aright.  With that, my birthday must become a time of renewed trust in Him, a loving Father, Who alone directs and guides my path. As  I wrote in a journal a few years ago, “My journey is under the direction and guidance of a Wise Captain; my compass and map, His Word.”

I prefer how Spurgeon addressed this with the Word:

“Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory ”  Psalm 73:24

“The psalmist felt his need of divine guidance.  He had just been discovering the foolishness of his own heart, and lest he would be constantly led astray by it, he resolved that God’s counsel would henceforth guide him.  A sense of our own folly is a great step toward being, wise, when it leads us to rely on the wisdom of the Lord.

“The blind man leans on his friend’s arm and reaches home in safety.  Likewise, we should give ourselves up implicitly to divine guidance, nothing doubting, assured that though we cannot see, it is always safe to trust the all-seeing God.  “Thou shalt” is a blessed expression of confidence.

There is a word here for you, believer; rest in it.  Be assured that your God will be your counselor and friend.  He will guide you and will direct all your ways.

“In His written Word you have this assurance in part fulfilled, for Holy Scripture is His counsel to you.  We are happy to have God’s Word always to guide us!  What would the mariner be without his compass?  And what would the Christian be without the Bible?  This is the unerring chart, the map in which every shoal is described, and all the channels from the quicksands of destruction to the haven of salvation are mapped and marked by One who knows all the way!

“Bless you, O God, that we may trust You to guide us now, and guide us even to the end! 

“After this guidance through life, the psalmist anticipated a divine reception at last–“and afterward receive me to glory.”  What a thought for you, believer!!  God Himself will receive you to glory–You!  Though you are wandering, erring, straying, yet He will bring you safe at last to glory!  This is your portion!

“Live on it this day, and if perplexities should surround you, go, in the strength of this text, straight to the throne.”

Amen….may I ever trust you Lord, as you light my path and guide each step, according to your Word and your loving faithfulness!