(Italicized text refers to the Andrew Murray classic from which the meditation was drawn)
Be Strong and of Good Courage
Wait on the LORD, be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say,
on the LORD!
Psalm 27:14 (NKJV)
The psalmist said
in the previous verse, “I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” If it had not been for his faith in God, his heart would have given up. But in the confident assurance in God that faith gives, he urges himself and us to remember one thing above all—to wait on God. The deliverance we often wait for is from our enemies, in whose presence we are powerless. The blessings we plead for are spiritual and unseen, things impossible with men. Our heart may well faint and fail. Our souls are unaccustomed to holding intimate fellowship with God. The God we wait on often appears to hide.
We are in such a habit of evaluating God and His work in us by what we feel that it is very likely that on some occasions we will be discouraged because we do not feel any special blessing. Above everything, when you wait on God, do so in the spirit of hope. It is God in His glory, His power, and His love who is longing to bless you.
The blessedness of waiting on God has its root in the fact that He is such a blessed being, full of goodness and power and life and joy. God is love! That is the one and only all-sufficient reason for your expectation. Love seeks out its own: God’s delight is to impart himself to His children. Come. However weak you feel, wait in His presence. Just as a weak and sickly invalid is brought out into the sunshine to allow its healing warmth to go through his body, come with all that is dark and cold in you into the sunshine of God’s holy, omnipotent love, and sit and wait there. As the sun does its work in the weak who seek its rays, God will do His work in you. Trust Him!
Waiting on God
Continue in His Love
“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you;
abide in My love.”
John 15:9 (NKJV)
“As the Father loved me” ... How can we rightly comprehend this love? Lord, teach us. God is love; love is His very being. Love is not an attribute, but the very essence of His nature, the center around which all His glorious attributes revolve.
As one of His redeemed ones you are His delight, and all His desire is to you, with the longing of a love that is stronger than death, and which many waters cannot quench. His heart yearns for you, seeking your fellowship and your love. If it were needed, He would die again to possess you. As the Father loved the Son, and could not live without Him—this is how Jesus loves you. His life is bound up in yours; you are to Him inexpressibly more indispensable and precious than you can ever know.
When it was needed, He sacrificed His throne and crown for you; He did not count His own life and blood too dear to give for you. His righteousness, His Spirit, His glory, even His throne—all are yours. This love holds nothing back, but, in a manner that no human mind can grasp, makes you one with itself. O wondrous love!
Love gives all, but also asks all. It does so not because it begrudges us what has been given, but because without this it cannot get possession of us to fill us with itself. In the love of the Father and the Son, it was so. In the love of Jesus to us, it was so. In our entering into His love to abide there, it must be so; our surrender to it must have no other measure than its surrender to us. If we could grasp even a part of its knowledge, all thought of sacrifice or surrender would pass away, and our souls would be filled with wonder at the unspeakable privilege of being loved with such love, of being allowed to come and abide in it forever.
Abiding in Christ
My God Will Hear Me
But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD,I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.
Micah 7:7 (NKJV)
The power of prayer rests in the faith that God hears our prayers. It is this faith that gives us courage to pray; that gives us power to prevail with God. The moment I am assured that God hears me, I feel drawn to pray and to persevere in prayer. I feel strong to claim and to take by faith the answer God gives. One of the great reasons for lack of prayer is the lack of a living, joyous assurance that God hears us. If only we could get a vision of the living God waiting with open arms to grant our request. Wouldn’t we then set aside everything to make time and space for the prayer of faith?
When a man can and does declare in living faith, “My God will hear me!” surely nothing will keep him from prayer. He knows that what he cannot do on earth can and will be done for him in heaven. Let us bow in quietness before God and wait on Him until He reveals himself as the God who hears.
Christ sits at the right hand of the Father making intercession for us. God delights in hearing our prayers. He has allowed us many times to be tried that we might be compelled to cry to Him and to know Him as the God who hears prayer.
Ordinary and insignificant though I am, filling a very small place in His kingdom, even I have access to this infinite God with the confidence that He hears me.
What a blessed prospect indeed—every earthly and spiritual anxiety exchanged for the peace of God, who cares for all and hears our prayer. What a blessed prospect in my work—to know that even when the answer is delayed and there is a call for patient, persevering prayer, the truth remains the same: Our God hears us.
The Ministry of Intercessory Prayer
Christ Is Our Life
When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
I know that many who have made an absolute surrender have felt as I have: How little I understand it! And they have prayed, “Lord God, if we are to know what it really means, you must take possession of us.” By faith God does accept our surrender, although the experience and the power of it may not come at once. We are to hold fast our faith in God until the experience and power do come.
If absolute surrender is to be maintained and lived out, it can only be by having Christ enter our life in new power. Christ is our life. We often plead with God to work in the church and in the world that by the power of His Holy Spirit His people might be sanctified and sinners be converted. We must not neglect to pray also for ourselves, so that as Christ takes full possession of us, He will be able to work through us to the end that others might be helped.
Let us yield ourselves to God in prayer that He might search our hearts and reveal to us whether the life of Christ is the law of our life. Many people want eternal life but do not want to live the life here on earth that Christ lived.
Have you felt afraid to make a complete surrender because you felt unworthy? Consider this: Your worthiness is not in yourself or in the intensity of your consecration; your worthiness is in Christ himself.
Jesus Christ wants to be your companion so that you will never be alone. There is no trial or difficulty through which you pass without His promise: “I will be with you.” No battle with sin or temptation, no weakness that makes you tremble at the consciousness of what you are in yourself, excludes the fact that Christ is at your side every moment.
Humility in Daily Life
For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.
1 John 4:20
It is a solemn thought that our love for God is measured by our everyday relationships with others. It is easy to think that we humble ourselves before God, but our humility toward others is the only sufficient proof that our humility before God is real. To be genuine, humility must abide in us and become our very nature. True humility is to be made of no reputation—as was Christ.
In God’s presence, humility is not a posture we assume for a time—when we think of Him or pray to Him—but the very spirit of our life. It will manifest itself in all our bearing toward others. A lesson of deepest importance is that the only humility that is really ours is not the kind we try to show before God in prayer, but the kind we carry with us, and carry out, in our ordinary conduct. The seemingly insignificant acts of daily life are the tests of eternity, because they prove what spirit possesses us. It is in our most unguarded moments that we truly show who we are and what we are made of.
The humble person seeks at all times to live up to the rule “Serve one another; consider others better than yourselves; submit to one another.” The humble person feels no jealousy or envy. He can praise God when others are preferred and blessed before him. He can hear others praised and himself forgotten because in God’s presence he has learned to say with Paul, “I am nothing.” He has received the spirit of Jesus, who pleased not himself and sought not His own honor as the spirit of his life.
Let us look upon everyone who tries us as God’s means of grace, God’s instrument for our purification, for our exercise of the humility of Jesus. May we have true faith in the sufficiency of God and admit to the inefficiency of self, that by God’s power we will serve one another in love.
The Andrew Murray Daily Reader by Andrew Murray
Copyright © 2005; ISBN 0764200305
Published by Bethany House Publishers
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