God is the one who clasps your hand as you move from one place to another. He is the one who has gone ahead of you, prepared a place for you, and will hold out His hand for you to cling to.
God walks with us. . . . He scoops us up in His arms or simply sits with us in silent strength until we cannot avoid the awesome recognition that yes, even now, He is there.
Satan tells us we're weak; our hope is in vain.
The good that we seek we'll never obtain.
But he can't take from us (though often he's tried)
The heart-cheering promise -- The Lord will provide.
It's not enough to splash a little prayer on in the morning or to run
through a sprinkler of God's mercy now and then. It's not enough to double our spirits in an hour of worship on Sunday or to dash into a drizzle of teaching every month or so. Our souls need to soak in God's presence. It's no luxury, this time we spend in the healing waters of God's grace. It's neither excess nor indulgence to immerse ourselves in communion with our creator. It's a spiritual necessity if we want to become the people God has created us to be.
--Penelope J. Stokes
If our Rock were not our Redeemer, we would be without hope. If our Redeemer were not our Rock, we might be afraid. Let us never forget that our redemption has in it the strength of the Mighty One.
--G. Campbell Morgan
God loves to look at us, and loves it when we will look back at Him. . . .
Even when we try to run away from our troubles, God will find us, and bless us, even when we fell most alone, unsure if we'll survive the night. God will find a way to let us know that He is with us in this place, wherever we are.
The tragedies that now blacken and darken the very air of heaven for us, will sink into their places in a scheme so august, so magnificent, so joyful, that we shall laugh for wonder and delight.
--Arthur Christopher Bacon
From the tiny birds of the air and from the fragile lilies of the field, we learn the same truth, which is so important for those who desire to live a life of simple faith: God takes care of His own. He knows our needs. He anticipates our crises. He is moved by our weaknesses. He stands ready to come to our rescue. And at just the right moment, He steps in and proves Himself as our faithful heavenly Father.
--Charles R. Swindoll
God guides us, despite our uncertainties and our vagueness, even through our failings and mistakes. . . . He leads us step by step, from event to event. Only afterwards do we experience the feeling of having been led without knowing it, the feeling that God has mysteriously guided us.
Our God is so wonderfully good, and lovely, and blessed in every way that the mere fact of belonging to Him is enough for an untellable fullness of joy!
--Hannah Whitall Smith
One day we shall break camp for the last time in this world and face the final adventure of death. May we then have so passed the days of our pilgrimage, with the Lord of adventurers by our side, that we may reach, in the end, our eternal home.
--W. R. Matthews
Every request I make of God is a message telling of my neediness, of my trust in God, of my willing dependence and openness to receive. My requests are often foolish, as I am, but God is well able to cope.
We shall come one day to a heaven where we shall gratefully know that God's great refusals were sometimes the true answers to our truest prayer.
--P. T. Forsyth
The final heartbeat for the Christian is not the mysterious conclusion to a meaningless existence. It is, rather, the grand beginning to a life that will never end.
What a comfort it is to feel that amid the chaos and anarchy which sweep the surface, God is holding fast the foundations on which we build.
--F. B. Meyer
A bar of iron, worth one pound, when wrought into horseshoes, is worth two pounds; if made into needles, it is worth 70 pounds; if into penknife blades, it is worth 650 pounds, into springs for watches it is worth 50,000 pounds. The more it is hammered and passed through the fire and polished, the greater its value. Those who suffer most are capable of yielding most.
--F. B. Meyer
God sees the sorrows of life are very good for us; for as seeds that are deepest covered with snow in winter flourish most in spring; or as the wind by beating down the flame raiseth it hotter and hotter; even so, when the Lord would increase our joy and thankfulness, he allays it with the tears of affliction.
--G. G. Salter
I've always admired "tea kettle" Christians. They can be up to their necks in hot water and still sing! The world wants to know how this God you talk about makes a difference in your life when you're sitting on the burner. They want to see the reality of a life within you beyond anything they've ever experienced. Peter had it nailed pretty good when he wrote, "Be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason for the hope that is in you" (1 Peter 3:15).
We may surprised at whom God sends to answer our prayers.
I see in the stars, in the rivers, I see in the open fields, patches of heaven and threads of paradise. Let me sew the earth, the day, the way of my life into a pattern that forms a quilt, God's quilt, to keep me warm today and always.
--Christopher de Vinck
The security we crave would teach us to rest our hearts in this world and pose an obstacle to our return to God. . Our Father refreshes us on the journey with some pleasant inns, but will not encourage us to mistake them for home.
--C. S. Lewis
God's people should plan for a voyage of a thousand years, but be prepared to abandon ship tonight.
Let us go to Calvary to learn how we may be forgiven. And then let us linger there to learn how to forgive.
The highest pinnacle of the spiritual life is not joy in unbroken sunshine but absolute and undoubting trust in the love of God.
--A. W. Thorold
Second only to suffering, waiting may be the greatest teacher and trainer in godliness, maturity, and genuine spirituality most of us ever encounter.
We have ample evidence that the Lord is able to guide. The promises cover every imaginable situation. All we need to do is to take the hand He stretches out.
Green pastures are before me, which yet I have not seen;
Bright skies will soon be o'er me where darkest clouds have been;
My hope I cannot measure, my path to life is free;
My Savior has my treasure, and he will walk with me.
--Anna L. Waring
Just when I am disheartened, just when cares oppressed,
Just when my way is darkest, just when I am distressed,
Then is my Savior near me, He knows my every care;
Jesus will never leave me; He helps my burden to bear.
--J. Bruce Evans
When we cannot see the sunshine of God's face, it is blessed to cower down beneath the shadow of his wings.
--Charles Haddon Spurgeon
O God, when my faith gets overladen with dust, blow it clean with the wind of your Spirit. When my habits of obedience get stiff and rusty, anoint them with the oil of your Spirit. Restore the enthusiasm of my first love for you.