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Friday, April 1, 2011

Friday Reflections


There is joy, joy found nowhere else, when we can look up into Christ's face when He says to us, "Am I not enough for thee, Mine own?" with a true, "Yes, Lord, Thou art enough."

He will be enough for you. "Shall never thirst" is a true word, and whatever His thoughts may be for your life, He will satisfy you. "Thou, O Lord, art the thing that I long for." And to you He says, "I have longed for thee." That deep, wonderful word amazes me again and again. Psalm 132:14 Prayer Book Version: "For the Lord hath chosen Zion to be a habitation for Himself: He hath longed for her."

This morning I read the two letters to the Thessalonians. Don't you think it is lovely that "the joy of the Holy Spirit" should be mentioned in connection with suffering? You are now in a very good position to prove that gift of joy. It is easy to rejoice when everything is as one wishes it were. But when things are exactly as one wishes they were not, it is not so easy. Then is the time to prove the things we believe. Your whole life now is a proving of His power to enable you to do anything. You will never be able to fear again, I think, after all this.

~ Amy Carmichael, Candles in the Dark

3 comments:

Vanessa said...

"But when things are exactly as one wishes they were not, it is not so easy. Then is the time to prove the things we believe." A good word for today!

Nolan said...

Thought I'd share part of the book I'm reading "Living Above Your Circumstances." by Bob George
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Paul learned through suffering the secret of how to discover God's power -- by first learning to recognize the weakness of his own flesh. He didn't try to hide his weakness or pretend to be somebody he was not. This truth made Paul's heart rejoice and enabled him to say, "I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weakness, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong." (2 Corinthians 12:10)

Erika said...

Oh, thank you so much! :-) Truly wonderful and timely words.