(J.R. Miller) “Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles!” Isaiah 40:31
A gentleman had an eagle which had been caught when young, and brought up in a cage like a domestic bird. At length the owner was going away over the sea, and decided to give the eagle its freedom. So he brought it out of its cage, and it walked about, but seemed to have no thought whatever of flying away. The gentleman was disappointed. At length he lifted the great bird to the garden wall. It stood there a moment, and then looked up toward the sun. It seemed suddenly to remember that it was an eagle, whose home was amid the crags and the cliffs. A moment more and it lifted one wing, then the other, and was gone–soaring away into the blue of the sky! Continue reading
(J.R. Miller, “Intimate Letters on Personal Problems” 1914)
You say that you cannot live up to the things you read in the Bible and in Christian books. I know of no one who can do so. The Bible sets before us very lofty ideals–so lofty that we cannot reach them in a day or a month or in twenty-five years. So long as you may live, and if you spend every year in striving toward the best things–you will still find that you have not fully attained them.
Paul was a great deal better Christian than most of us, and he said, when he was quite an old man, that he was not yet perfect–but was still striving after the things which he wished to attain. We never measure up to our ideals. We never are so holy any day, as we intend to be in the morning when we set out.
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(Thomas Sherman, “Divine Breathings;
Or, a Pious Soul Thirsting after Christ”)
The wicked have their heaven here–and their hell hereafter.
But the righteous have their hell here–and their heaven hereafter.
Dives had his good things in this life–and Lazarus his evil things.
Now Lazarus is comforted–and Dives is tormented!
I will not, therefore, envy the prosperity of the wicked,
nor be cast down at the afflictions of the righteous;
seeing the one is drawn in pomp to hell–
while the other swims in tears to heaven!
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(James Smith, “The Love of Christ! The Fullness, Freeness, and Immutability of the Savior’s Grace Displayed!”)
But for the love of Christ, our world would have been one continuous Hell–and every one of its inhabitants would have been suffering Jehovah’s tremendous curse!
Despair would have erected its dreadful throne upon it;
darkness would have spread its horrifying wings over it; and
the never-dying worm would have preyed upon every one of its miserable inhabitants!
O let us then admire the love of Jesus! From this blessed fountain, flows all our present comforts and all our future prospects!
To the love of Jesus, every Heaven-bound pilgrim has been indebted . . .
for every gleam of hope,
for every ray of comfort,
for every delightful foretaste of the glory which is to be revealed!
To the love of Jesus, we shall be everlastingly indebted for all that we have–and for all that we are!
Thanks, eternal thanks to Jesus–for His unspeakable love!
“May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully!” Ephesians 3:19
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(Thomas Sherman, “Divine Breathings; Or, a Pious Soul Thirsting after Christ”)
Christian! You are a child of God’s love, an heir of His glory, and reckoned among His favorites! O think upon your dignity, and consider:
Will an Emperor live like a beggar?
Is it befitting for those who are clothed in scarlet–to wallow in the mire?
Am I born of God–and shall I live like a beast?
Has God raised my soul to the purest excellencies–and shall I stain my dignity with the world’s filth? Continue reading