Peace, Trust, Rest, Sleep

Read the below last night (from Streams in the Desert, awesome devotional, btw). It amazes me how God knows just what I need to read, right when I need it! It takes a minute to process the old English, but it’s worth it!

“This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing.”

Why dost thou worry thyself? What use can thy fretting serve? Thou art on board a vessel which thou couldnst not steer even if the great Captain put thee a the helm, of which thou couldst not so much as reef a sail, yet thou worriest as if thou wert captain and helmsman. Oh, be quiet; God is Master!

Dost thou think that all this din and hurly-burly that is abroad betokens that God has left His throne?

No, man, His coursers rush furiously on, and His chariot is the storm; but there is a bit between their jaws, and He holds the reins, and guides them as He wills. Jehovah is Master yet; believe it; peace be unto thee! be not afraid. -Spurgeon

“Tonight, my soul, be still and sleep;
The  storms are raging on God’s deep –
God’s deep, not thin; be still and sleep.

“Tonight, my soul be still and sleep;
God’s hands shall still the tempters sweep –
God’s hands, not thine; be still and sleep.

“Tonight, my soul, be still and sleep;
God’s love is strong while night hours creep –
God’s love, not thine; be still and sleep.

“Tonight, my soul, be still and sleep;
God’s heaven will comfort those who weep –
God’s heaven, not thine; be still and sleep.”

I entreat you, give no place to despondency. This is a dangerous temptation—a refined, not a gross temptation of the adversary. Melancholy contracts and withers the hear, and renders it unfit to receive the impressions of grace. It magnifies and gives a false coloring to objects, and thus renders your burdens to heavy to bear. God’s designs regarding you, and His methods of bring about these designs, are infinitely wise. -Guyon

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