Thursday, September 24, 2015

Smith: God's watchfulness

Thursday, September 24, 2015
    But now, this is what the LORD says—he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I give Egypt for your ransom, Cush and Seba in your stead.”
    —Isaiah 43:1-3 (NIV)
    We may be perfectly sure of this, that the time of our need is the time of His closest and tenderest watchfulness. What would we think of a mother who should run away from her children the moment they got into trouble? And yet this hateful thing, which we would resent in any human mother, some of God’s own children do not hesitate to ascribe to Him!
    ... Hannah Whitall Smith (1832-1911), Every-day Religion, New York: Fleming H. Revell, 1893, p. 111 (see the book)
    See also Isa. 43:1-3; Ps. 18:6; 116:1-2; Isa. 43:16-17; Matt. 4:24; Luke 4:40; Rom. 15:13; Heb. 4:14
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I may rely on You.
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