Looking unto Jesus and not at the brightness of our joy, the strength of our assurance or the warmth of our love. As a result of our own unfaithfulness or because of the trial of our faith, our love may seem to grow cold, our assurance may vanish, our joy may fail us. Having lost our feelings, we think that we have lost our strength, and we allow ourselves to fall into an abyss of sorrow, cowardly idleness or sinful complaints. Rather let us remember that if the feelings, with their sweetness, are absent, the faith, with its strength, remains with us. To be able always to be “abounding in the work of the Lord” (I Cor. 15:58) let us look steadily , not at our ever-changing hearts, but at Jesus, who is always the same.
Few things are as wonderful as the assurance that we are the children of God. But we must never place our confidence in our assurance. Along this journey of life there can and no doubt will be many things that might cause us to question our position with the Lord – ‘our assurance’ will never do in such times. It must be His assurance to us. The sweet whisper of His voice to us that we are His children is our comfort. His Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are His. How wonderful!
Out of this confidence proceeds a growing love for the Lord Jesus. However, no matter to what degree our love grows we must never let ourselves rest in even that sweet sentiment. Meditate on who the Lord is and what He has so graciously done for us while we were so far from Him, while we were so unclean and totally unworthy and our heart cry should be “Oh, that I might love Him more.”
But God commends His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.
But now thus says the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.
Can We Pray? Thank Lord for those bright moments of inexpressible joy in Your presence when there is ‘sunshine in our souls more glorious and bright.’ And, dear Lord, thank You for the times when things seem black as night. I know that these do not change Your promises to me and that Your word is fixed. Let every challenge to my soul be met with Your declarations over me saying, “I have bought you, thou art mine.” In Jesus Name.