|LOOKING TO JESUS ALONE FOR DELIVERANCE AND COMFORT|
The soul never knows in how many ways it leans on creatures for comfort, until it is so situated as to be utterly denied creature consolation; and then it sees that in Jesus there is a sufficiency for all its needs.
It takes an almost inexpressible degree of mortification to get the soul to where it seeks its happiness only from God.
The infinite love and compassion of Jesus stretches out before the soul into an ever-widening ocean, in proportion to the felt need of the soul.
In times of trouble and distress and loneliness, we only damage ourselves and delay God's work by seeking sympathy and comfort from one another.
God is our best Friend; and although we have sinned against Him immeasurably, and grieved His Spirit with many a blemish and sin, and wounded His tender love infinitely beyond our conception, yet He is always the first to forgive.
We may think of the most extravagant compassion from any earthly relation, of father, mother, sister, brother, husband, wife, or friend; we may think of the charity of good people, of sanctified people, of the very best of saints and then ascend up to that immense charity which the angels in heaven have, and think of all the compassion of all the saints, through all their bright ages of love; and yet millions of miles out and beyond the farthest limits of all these loves and compassions, there stretches away the boundless, inconceivable compassion of Jesus toward the soul that has grievously sinned against Him.
~G. D. Watson
|DETERMINATION NEVER TO YIELD TO DISCOURAGEMENT|
However huge the trial, however cloudy the sky, the soul must settle it that all discouragement is from the Devil, and is always injurious.
Faber says, in speaking of how to view our faults, that discouragement necessarily brings with it a greediness for consolation.
The more we are discouraged, the more we fly to something that will solace and soothe us; and this being in a hurry to get comfort will bring back a self-life again into everything and unnerve us for the struggle toward thorough mortification.
He says, again, that "share in our faults must be wiped out by a cheerful, hopeful sorrow, which rests the case entirely in the will of God; and that we are to regard all our failures with a quiet sinking into God."
The psalmist says: "Why art thou cast down, o my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him."
Discouragement is the very opposite of presumption. If Satan has tempted the soul in presumption, he then opens the artillery of discouragement; and thus he attacks the soul, not only to make it sin, but with the counterpart to keep it in sin.
In every emergency in Christian conflict, hopefulness is the open door to victory.
Millions of saints in heaven can very well remember when they were passing through the identical trials of temptations and repentances which are now taking place in human souls, and could they but speak to us, they could give us such a transcript of their lives as would, in many cases, exactly fit us.
~G. D. Watson~