Posted by: the watchmen | December 19, 2007

December 19-Morning {Daily Reading: #2Pe 1:1-3:18} {Quick Study: #2Pe 1:1-3:18}

“The lot is cast into the lap, but the whole disposing thereof

is of the Lord.” {#Pr 16:33}

If the disposal of the lot is the Lord’s whose is the

arrangement of our whole life? If the simple casting of a lot

is guided by him, how much more the events of our entire

life—especially when we are told by our blessed Saviour: “The

very hairs of your head are all numbered: not a sparrow falleth

to the ground without your Father.” It would bring a holy calm

over your mind, dear friend, if you were always to remember

this. It would so relieve your mind from anxiety, that you would

be the better able to walk in patience, quiet, and cheerfulness

as a Christian should. When a man is anxious he cannot pray with

faith; when he is troubled about the world, he cannot serve his

Master, his thoughts are serving himself. If you would “seek

first the kingdom of God and his righteousness,” all things

would then be added unto you. You are meddling with Christ’s

business, and neglecting your own when you fret about your lot

and circumstances. You have been trying “providing” work and

forgetting that it is yours to obey. Be wise and attend to the

obeying, and let Christ manage the providing. Come and survey

your Father’s storehouse, and ask whether he will let you starve

while he has laid up so great an abundance in his garner? Look

at his heart of mercy; see if that can ever prove unkind! Look

at his inscrutable wisdom; see if that will ever be at fault.

Above all, look up to Jesus Christ your Intercessor, and ask

yourself, while he pleads, can your Father deal ungraciously

with you? If he remembers even sparrows, will he forget one of

the least of his poor children? “Cast thy burden upon the Lord,

and he will sustain thee. He will never suffer the righteous to

be moved.”

My soul, rest happy in thy low estate,

Nor hope nor wish to be esteem’d or great;

To take the impress of the Will Divine,

Be that thy glory, and those riches thine.

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