wish to speak to you about Jesus,
and Jesus only.
often hear people say, "I wish
I could get hold of Divine Healing,
but I cannot." Sometimes they
say, "I have got it."
If I ask them, "What have you
got?" the answer is sometimes,
"I have got the blessing",
sometimes it is, "I have got
the theory"; sometimes it is,
"I have got the healing";
sometimes, "I have got the
I thank God we have been taught
that it is not the blessing, it
is not the healing, it is not the
sanctification, it is not the thing,
it is not the it that you want,
but it is something better. It is
"the Christ"; it is Himself.
often that comes out in His Word
- "Himself took our infirmities
and bare our sicknesses", Himself
"bare our sins in his own body
on the tree"! It is the person
of Jesus Christ we want. Plenty
of people get the idea and do not
get anything out of it. They get
it into their head, and it into
their conscience, and it into their
will; but somehow they do not get
Him into their life and spirit,
because they have only that which
is the outward expression and symbol
of the spiritual reality.
once saw a picture of the Constitution
of the United States, very skilfully
engraved in copper plate, so that
when you looked at it closely it
was nothing more than a piece of
writing, but when you looked at
it at a distance, it was the face
of George Washington. The face shone
out in the shading of the letters
at a little distance, and I saw
the person, not the words, nor the
ideas; and I thought, "'That
is the way to look at the Scriptures
and understand the thoughts of God,
to see in them the face of love,
shining through and through; not
ideas, nor doctrines, but Jesus
Himself as the Life and Source and
sustaining Presence of all our life."
Israelite named Uzzah lost his life
because he "reached out and
took hold of the ark of God"
(2 Sam. 6:6). He placed his hands
on it with the best of intentions-to
steady it,"because the oxen
stumbled" (2 Sam. 6:6)-but
nevertheless, he had overstepped
his bounds by touching the Lord's
work, and "therefore God struck
him down" (2 Sam. 6:7). Living
a life of faith often requires us
to leave things alone.
we have completely entrusted something
to God, we must keep our hands off
it. He can guard it better than
we can, and He does not need our
help."Be still before the LORD
and wait patiently for him; do not
fret when men succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked
schemes" (Ps. 37:7).
in our lives may seem to be going
all wrong, but God knows our circumstances
better than we do. And He will work
at the perfect moment, if we will
completely trust Him to work in
His own way and in His own time.
Often there is nothing as godly
as inactivity on our part, or nothing
as harmful as restless working,
for God has promised to work His
sovereign will. A. B. Simpson
perplexed, I say,
"Lord, make it right!
Night is as day to You,
Darkness as light.
I am afraid to touch
Things that involve so much;
My trembling hand may shake,
My skilless hand may break;
Yours can make no mistake."
in doubt I say,
"Lord, make it plain;
Which is the true, safe way?
Which would be gain?
I am not wise to know,
Nor sure of foot to go;
What is so clear to Thee,
Lord, make it clear to me!"
is such a comfort to drop the entanglements
and perplexities of life into God's
hands and leave them there.