Included in this week’s issue:
The Proper Measure of Judgment and Grace
Here is great news indeed. God’s judgment is real, but He pours it sparingly. God’s grace is real, but He gives it bountifully.
The Blessing of Absolute Surrender
Many of us have this central and ever present struggle: my will and desire versus God’s. I like these words from Andrew Murray written in 1895.
Absolute surrender—let me tell you where I got those words. In Scotland once I was in a company where we were talking about the condition of Christ’s Church, and what the great need of the Church and of believers is; and there was in our company a godly worker who has much to do in training workers, and I asked him what he would say was the great need of the Church, and the message that ought to be preached. He answered very quietly and simply and determinedly:
“Absolute surrender to God is the one thing.”
The words struck me as never before. And that man began to tell how, in the workers with whom he had to deal, he finds that if they are sound on that point, even though they be backward, they are willing to be taught and helped, and they always improve; whereas others who are not sound there very often go back and leave the work. The condition for obtaining God’s full blessing is absolute surrender to Him.
Christ is Everything We are Not
While we are on prayers used by the great Saints, I want to share another. It is Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s morning prayer. It is as simple as it is deep.
In me there is darkness,
But with you there is light;
I am lonely, but you do not leave me:
I am feeble in heart, but with you there is help;
I am restless, but with you there is peace.
In me there is bitterness, but with you there is patience;
I do not understand your ways,
But you know the way for me.