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Haggai 2:4 “Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, saith the Lord; and be strong, O Joshua, son of Josedech, the high priest; and be strong, all ye people of the land, saith the Lord, and work…for I am with you, saith the Lord.” (KJV)
Be strong, all the people of the land, says the Lord.” This is something we need to take personally. Write our own names here and REST in the Lord’s promise, “I am with you.”
Are you lying in a bed of pain and woe? Do you groan because you no longer are able to drive yourself here and there? Do you need someone to help you get dressed in the morning and undressed at night? “What is the sense?” you ask. Because the Lord says, “I am with YOU!” You may be unable to do many things, but you can always sing and pray. And that, dear women, is your REST.
When Samuel Rutherford lay in Aberdeen prison, Scotland, ages ago, he wrote at the top of his letters, “God’s Palace, Aberdeen.”
When Madam Guyon was imprisoned in the castle at Vincennes, France, she said, “It seems as though I were a little bird whom the Lord has placed in a cage, and that I have nothing now to do but sing. And prisons shall palaces prove, if Jesus abides with me there.”
~from Mrs. Charles E. Cowman’s “Springs in the Valley”
The past few years I have been at rest, thankfully in my own home and with family. A muscle disease has overburdened me with pain, depression and many devastating side effects from the medication. All through this, I have had this mighty ally, yet lost sight of Him off and on due to my missing the target of hope. Instead I focused on tomorrow, the next day, and the next day. And the day after that. I lost sight of my Lord. Many a time. Patience is a hard virtue to master; faith can be an elusive routine to secure.
“I’m learning, Lord!”