04 August 2008

Encouragement for the Battle-Weary


"Perhaps you find the duty of your calling too heavy for your weak faith. Look to God for strength. When you are sick of your work and ready like Jonah to run away, encourage yourself with God's words to Gideon: 'Go in this thy might...have I not sent thee?' (Jud. 6:14). Begin the work God has given you, and you will engage His strength for you; run from your work, and you engage God's strength against you. He will send some storm or other after you to bring His runaway servant home...

"Your heavenly Father is so eager to care for you, that while you are timidly asking for a nibble of peace and joy, He is longing for you to open your mouth wide so that He can fill it....

"Go quickly now. Search your heart from one end to another, and gather up all your weaknesses. Set them before the Almighty, as the widow placed her empty vessels before the prophet. Expect a miracle of deliverance from the limitless resources of God. If you had more vessels to bring, you could have them all filled...

"Never let the weakness of your faith keep you from the presence of God. The very sight of the pale face and thin cheeks of your faith, your love, your patience, will move His heart with compassion and carry a strong argument for His aid."

From the modernized abridgment of William Gurnall's The Christian in Complete Armour, p. 54-55 (Book, probably Recommended; I'm only 55 pages into the 3-volume set).

2 comments:

Blogversary said...

I am enjoying your blog so far. I am late to the party.

Reb. Mary said...

Better late than never :)

Glad to have you.