And through “the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,” who “washed us from our sins in His own blood,” “this God is our God forever and ever: He will be our Guide even unto death.” Whatever the situation or whatever the need that may face us, let us remember that “the things which are impossible with men are possible with God,” “for with God nothing shall be impossible.” “Is the Lord’s hand waxed short?” Or “is anything too hard for the Lord?” “With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.” He says to His own, “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for Me?” “Our soul waiteth for the Lord: He is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in Him, because we have trusted in His holy name. Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we hope in Thee.”
He doeth the impossible For those who trust His name; He hears them when they call to Him; He’ll not put them to shame.
Dear reader, how do you stand with God? Are you seeking to stand before Him in your own merit? Are you relying on church membership, baptism, confirmation, lodge membership, or your good reputation? None of these can give us a place before God. It must be, and can only be, “the true grace of God wherein ye stand” before Him. We can only stand before God in the merits of Another, His beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. We read in God’s Word of a coming time when “the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; and said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of Him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: for the great day of His wrath is come: and who shall be able to stand?” “Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.” Be sure that you stand before God in Christ, “accepted in the Beloved,” entering “by faith into this grace wherein we stand.”
I have no merit of my own To bring before a holy God; I must be cleansed by Jesus’ blood, As God has told me in His Word.
The Lord alone knows the multitude of hearts who have through the years found sustaining strength and help in this verse: Hearts crushed by disappointment, bowed down by grief, perplexed and despondent, and without any earthly source of help, they have found that they could “go in the strength of the Lord God,” “and as thy days, so shall thy strength be.” “He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might He increaseth strength,” and He has told His own: “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness.” “And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness,” and “I have satiated the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful soul.” Therefore, suffering saint, “go in the strength of the Lord God.” “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; He also is become my salvation.”
Has your strength, dear saint, reached its end? Do you feel you cannot go on? “Go in the strength of the Lord God,” And He’ll fill your heart with His song.
God wants His children to have boldness before Him, both now in this life and in the presence of the Lord at His coming, for elsewhere He tells us that “herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world.” The word “boldness” means freedom of speech or outspokenness and therefore carries with it the thought of assurance. The same word is often translated as “confidence.” “Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God,” “and this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He heareth us: and if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him,” “according to the eternal purpose which He purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: in whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of Him.” We have “boldness to enter into the holiest,” with “confidence toward God.” “And now, little children, abide in Him; that, when He shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.”
Then “come boldly unto the throne” For “help in time of need”; There we shall find mercy and grace Given to all who plead.
The Lord’s thoughts toward His own are for their welfare and blessing and for their spiritual growth. He desires His best (though we may not see it so) for His redeemed ones, and He plans and works accordingly. “My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” “Many, O Lord my God, are Thy wonderful works which Thou hast done, and Thy thoughts which are to usward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto Thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered,” and “the Lord of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand.” “O Lord, how great are Thy works! and Thy thoughts are very deep.” He remembers us now, day by day, and will “give you an expected end.” “Thou shalt guide me with Thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.”
The Lord plans always for His own With thoughts of love and grace, Daily blessing and providing, Until we see His face.
What a comfort and encouragement this verse has been to God’s people through the years. And while most people think of it in connection with material things (and Paul was speaking of such in the context), the verse applies to “all your need” of every kind. We may need material supply, and “the Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.” We may need comfort or encouragement, and we find Him to be “the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort.” We may need help to endure continuing trial or weakness, and we learn that “He giveth more grace” and that “God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.” We may need guidance, and His promise is that “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with Mine eye.” There are times when we need chastening, “for whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth.” Whatever the need in our lives, “my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus,” and “they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.”
From all “His riches in glory,” He promises our supply; For the sake of Christ our Savior “No good thing” will He deny.
God does not want His blood-bought people to be the victims of anxious care. He wants us to have the right kind of care about people and situations, but He does not want such care to become worry or anxiety. Such anxiety robs us of our peace, and that’s why He tells us that “in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” When all is truthfully committed to Him, our hearts will be filled with peace instead of worry, no matter the circumstances or the burdens. “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee: He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” “Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass.” Then be “casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you,” for “the Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear Him, in those that hope in His mercy.” Moreover, amid circumstances that would cause worry, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee.”
Things that would cause us to worry, Committed to Him will bring “Peace … which passeth understanding,” And joy to make the heart sing.
This question, yet to be asked by angelic voice in heaven, after the Lord Jesus has come for all His own, is answered in the verse that follows: “No man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.” And as John “wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon … one of the elders saith … Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book. … And I beheld … a Lamb as it had been slain. … And He came and took the book.” Then it was that they who were about the throne “sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by Thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation.” “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing.” We who know Him await “the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which in His times He shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords … to whom be honor and power everlasting. Amen.”
“King of kings, and Lord of lords,” Yet He shed His blood for me, Undone sinner that I was, Yet saved for eternity.
Let no saved person imagine that he can disobey the Word of God and not be held accountable. Let no Christian husband think that he can fail to be “giving honor to the wife, as unto the weaker vessel,” or let no Christian wives who do not “submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord,” imagine that God will not hold them accountable. Let no Christian child who does not “obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right,” or fathers who do not follow God’s instructions to “provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord,” think that the matter is of little importance. If you are employed by someone, you are to “be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh,” and if you are the employer, you are to “give unto your servants that which is just and equal.” Equally serious is neglect of and disobedience to other parts of God’s Word, for either here on earth now or in the Lord’s presence at His coming “every one of us shall give account of himself to God.” “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body … whether it be good or bad.” Let us pray, “Search me, O God, and know my heart … and lead me in the way everlasting.”
To know and do the will of God Ever be our aim each day, In spite of all the griefs and trials That beset us on our way.
To the Christian who realizes something of the awfulness of sin before a holy God, and how we were spiritually “dead in trespasses and sins,” there is nothing for which we thank God more than for the knowledge that “Thou hast cast all my sins behind Thy back.” When man forgives man, he excuses the penalty; when God forgives, He executes the penalty. This He did, when “Christ … suffered for sins, the Just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God.” The believer’s sins, with the condemnation that went with them, are gone forever. “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed our transgressions from us,” and He says that “I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.” “Thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea,” “for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” Dear believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, rejoice in sins forgiven forever, and in Him who said that “I, even I, am He that blotteth out thy transgressions … and will not remember thy sins.”
“Blessed … he … whose sin is covered,” And by “the precious blood of Christ,” Who put away sin forever, Payment is not demanded twice.