Sunday, April 12, 2015

Hudson Taylor: where the pressure lies

Sunday, April 12, 2015
    We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.
    —2 Corinthians 1:8-9 (NIV)
    It doesn’t matter, really, how great the pressure is; it only matters where the pressure lies. See that it never comes between you and the Lord—then, the greater the pressure, the more it presses you to His breast.
    ... J. Hudson Taylor (1832-1905), Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret, Dr. & Mrs. Howard Taylor, Moody Publishers, 2009, p. 127 (see the book)
    See also 2 Cor. 1:8-9; 3:5; 4:7-11; 12:7-10
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, increase my my reliance on You.
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