Saturday, December 16, 2023

Smith: who can be against us?

Saturday, December 16, 2023
    What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?
    —Romans 8:31 (NIV)
    Nothing can touch us except with His knowledge and by His permission. It may be the sin of man that originates the action, and therefore the thing itself cannot be said to be the will of God; but by the time it reaches us, it has become God’s will for us, and must be accepted as directly from His hands. No man or company of men, no power in earth or heaven, can touch that soul which is abiding in Christ, without first passing through Him, and receiving the seal of His permission. If God be for us, it matters not who may be against us; nothing can disturb or harm us, except He shall see that it is best for us, and shall stand aside to let it pass.
    ... Hannah Whitall Smith (1832-1911), Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life, London: F. E. Longley, 1876, p. 86-87 (see the book)
    See also Rom. 8:31; Ps. 27:1-3; 46:1-3; 56:11; Luke 21:17-18; John 10:28-30; 1 Cor. 10:13; 1 John 4:4
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You are my constant protector.
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