"And David's heart smote him after that he had numbered the people. And David said unto the Lord . . . O Lord, take away the iniquity of thy servant; for I have done very foolishly."
(2 Samuel 24:10)
Here is a task that too often quails even the stoutest Christian heart - to admit we have acted foolishly. Yet here is the thin line that separates a person who has done something foolish from one who is an outright fool. How hard it is to humble ourselves and admit, "I was wrong; I have sinned," yet what relief and release comes from such a confession. Is your heart "smiting" you today? Take it to the Lord, confess and enjoy the liberty of His forgiveness. No person is a fool when he acknowledges his own foolishness. (S. McEachern)
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"He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass."
How grateful the soft rain must feel to the mown grass, all cut as it is, and, as we imagine it, so sore! But the rain is healing: and so God says He will come to His people, "Like rain upon the mown grass."
There is so much in life that is like the cutting-machine, and the heart becomes sore and needs the healing influences that come from God. No matter what we may call that which is healing to us it is God coming "like rain upon the mown grass." And may it not be with us as with the beautiful lawns we admire: the more cutting and the more rain, the more beautiful we shall be; but it must not be one, but both. (Selected)
The absence of joy does not mean the absence of God.
The pruned vine does not suggest an absent vine-dresser, and even if the vine be bleeding it does not mean that he has gone away.
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"Then said they unto Him, Lord, evermore give us this bread."
I cannot but believe that the reason for the standard of Christian life being so low is that we are living on stale manna. You know what I mean by that. So many people are living on their past experience-thinking of the grand times they had twenty years ago, perhaps when they were converted. It is a sure sign that we are out of communion with God if we are talking more of the joy and peace and power we had in the past than of what we have today. We are told to "grow in grace"; but a great many are growing the wrong way. The Israelites used to gather the manna fresh every day: they were not allowed to store it up.
There is a lesson here for us. If we would be strong and vigorous, we must go to God daily. A man can no more take in a supply of grace for the future than he can eat enough today to last him for the next six months, or take sufficient air into his lungs at once to sustain life for a week to come. We must draw upon God's boundless stores of grace from day to day, as we need it. (D.L. Moody)
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