Friday, July 11, 2008

Jehovah Jireh

Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.
-- Isaiah 26:4
Since we have such a God on whom to rely, let us rest on Him with all our weight. Let us resolutely drive out all unbelief and endeavor to get rid of doubts and fears, which disturb our comfort so much. There is no excuse for fear when God is the foundation of our trust. A loving parent would be extremely grieved if his child could not trust him. How ungenerous and unkind is our conduct when we put so little confidence in our heavenly Father, who has never failed us and never will. It would be a good thing if doubting were banished from the household of God. However, it is to be feared that old Unbelief is as nimble nowadays as when the psalmist asked, "Is his mercy clean gone for ever? doth his promise fail for evermore?" (Ps. 77:8). David had not spent much time experimenting with the mighty sword of the giant Goliath, yet he said, "There is none like it." (1 Samuel 21:9). He had tested it once in the hour of his youthful victory, and it had proven itself to be of the right metal; therefore, he praised it from that time forward. In the same way, we should speak well of our God, for there is no one like Him in heaven or on earth. "To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One." (Isa. 40:25). There is no rock like the rock of Jacob, as our enemies themselves will affirm. Instead of allowing doubts to live in our hearts, let us take the whole detestable crew, as Elijah did the prophets of Baal, and slay them at the brook (1 Kings 18:40). Let us kill them at the sacred stream that wells forth from our Savior's wounded side. We have been in many trials, but we have never yet been in a place where we could not find in our God all that we needed. Let us, then, be encouraged to "trust... in the LORD for ever," assured that His "everlasting strength" will be, as it has been, our help and support.

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