“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid,
neither be thou dismayed; for the Lord thy God is with thee wither-so-ever thou goest.”
“Here lies the true secret of stability and peace, at all times, and under all
circumstances. The authority of God for the ground we occupy, and His presence
with us thereon—the word of the Lord, as the warrant for what we are doing, and
the light of His countenance in the doing of it. Joshua could never have faced
the difficulties of his day, without these two things; and, although we may not have to
meet the same things that lay in his path, yet, we may rest assured of this,
we shall never get on, in this our day, without the word of God as our authority,
and His presence as our strength. No doubt, those who are enabled to go
through the sifting and testing, with God, will reap a rich harvest of blessing;
but we must go through it. It is being made manifest, just now, in a very special
way, whose faith is standing merely in the wisdom of men, and whose in the
power of God. All that is hollow is being exposed, and will be so more and more;
but God will keep those whose hearts are true to the name of Jesus. “Thou wilt
keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusteth in thee.”
This is the soul’s unfailing refuge, at all times. “and now, brethren, I commend you
to GOD, and to the WORD of his grace.” Nothing but God Himself and the word of His
grace could stand, in an evil day, or enable a soul to stand.
There is something perfectly beautiful in the jealous care of the apostle Paul lest any
should lean upon him, or upon anything save the living God Himself….”For this cause
also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God
which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth,
the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.” (1Thess.2:13).
Be able, in the calm dignity of a faith that rests only in the power and on the authority
of God, to give a reason for the path that you tread, the work you do, the niche you
fill. This is not highmindedness or haughtiness, dogmatism or pride, self-confidence
or vainglory. It is the very reverse. it is self-abnegation and confidence in God.
“With the lowly is wisdom” (Prov. 11:2). Precious truth! May we all remember it!
It is the lowly mind that really possesses heavenly wisdom. It is not the learned,
the astute, the long-headed, or clear-headed among men that can thread their way
through the labyrinths of the present moment; no, it is the lowly, the simple, the
self-distrusting, the childlike, the unpretending. These are they who will have
wisdom to guide them, in the darkest times–these are they who will possess peace
in their souls and stability in their ways. May God’s Spirit lead us into these things!”
(from Short Papers on Scripture Subjects, Vol.1, C.H. Mackintosh).