- How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent word!
What more can He say than to you He hath said—
To you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?
- “Fear not, I am with thee, oh, be not dismayed,
For I am thy God, and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by My gracious, omnipotent hand.
- “When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of sorrow shall not overflow;
For I will be with thee thy trouble to bless,
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.
- “When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,
My grace, all-sufficient, shall be thy supply;
The flame shall not harm thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine.
- “The soul that on Jesus doth lean for repose,
I will not, I will not, desert to his foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake.”
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Verse for Today - James 1:5 (Click to Read Brief)
"If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you."
Read all of James 1
James 1 is a profound chapter on many levels. In this first section he is explaining how trials and troubles are commonplace in the Christian faith. With a tinge of hyperbole he says we should count it a joy when we face these difficult times. This exhortation is not based on the idea that we should "enjoy" the difficulties, but rather the beneficial affect of them.
The exhortation of Today's Verse is a good reminder and concludes with an encouraging promise. If these difficult times are leaving you at a loss, pray to God... ask him for wisdom and understanding. Lean on Him and He will supply what you need.
Earlier today (before even thinking about sending out this verse) I found myself singing the verse of "How Firm a Foundation." Notice the question in Stanza 1 is answered in Stanzas 2-5 (especially 4). I think they fit.