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Morning: “On mine arm shall they trust.” – Isaiah 51:5
Evening: “If we walk in the light, as He is in the light.” – 1 John 1:7
Spurgeon makes the point that we should praise any trials or circumstances that cause us to lean on the Lord, and trust in Him. When there is nothing else left to trust, in the midst of dispair, we can still trust in God – only in God.
Dishonour not thy Lord and Master by unworthy doubts and fears; but be strong in faith, giving glory to God.
Spurgeon, in the above quote, sees correctly the problem in doubting God. I agree that this is a problem. I’ve got a bigger problem than doubting God! My bigger problem is trusting in myself!
When we trust in ourselves, we are our own worst enemy, and no friend to God. We are like that blacksmith in Isaiah 44,
The blacksmith with the tongs works one in the coals, Fashions it with hammers, And works it with the strength of his arms. Even so, he is hungry, and his strength fails; He drinks no water and is faint. – [Isaiah 44:12 NKJV]
Earlier, Isaiah points to the Holy Spirit as the Living Water:
For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, And floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, And My blessing on your offspring; – [Isaiah 44:3 NKJV]
Isaiah sees those that trust in the Lord, and rely on Him, as being Spirit-filled, and who give glory to God by being witnesses of Christ’s work in their lives:
One will say, ‘I am the LORD’s’; Another will call himself by the name of Jacob; Another will write with his hand, ‘The LORD’s,’ And name himself by the name of Israel. – [Isaiah 44:5 NKJV]
Wherease that poor blacksmith, trying vainly in his own strength to do all the work himself – well, his strength fails, and his testimony is only of himself, not the Lord!
… their precious things shall not profit; They are their own witnesses; … – [Isaiah 44:9a NKJV]
Let us trust in the righteous right hand of the Lord! Let us walk in His marvellous light, and may He get all the glory due His name!
Fear not, for I [am] with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ – [Isaiah 41:10 NKJV]