A Reign of Righteousness

Behold a king will reign in righteousness, and princes will rule in justice.  A man will be as abiding place from the wind, and a cover from the tempest, as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.  The eyes of those who see will not be dim, and the ears of those who hear will listen.   ISAIAH  32 : 1-3

In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and confidence shall be your strength.  ISAIAH 30:15

O shadow in a sultry land!  We gather to thy breast, whose love, enfolding like the night, brings quietude and rest, glimps of the fairer life to be, In foretaste here possessed.    C.M.  PACKARD

STRIVE to see God in all things without exception, and acquiesce in His will with absolute submission.  Do everything for God, uniting yourself to Him by a mere upward glance, or by the overflowing of your heart towards Him.  Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit.  Do not lose your inward peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.  Commend all to God, and then lie still and be at rest in His bosom.  Whatever happens, abide steadfast in a determination to cling simply to God, trusting to His eternal love for you; and if you find that you have wandered forth from this shelter, recall your heart quietly and simply.  Maintain a holy simplicity of mind, and do not smother yourself with a host of cares, wishes, or longings, under any pretext.     FRANCIS  DE  SALES

Lord Jesus, you are my hiding place, my shelter, and my confidence.  When I am tempted I will run to you.  Lord, you are the fountain of my life,  I will never ever thirst.  Blessed is your most holy name.  Amen.

And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all.  But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all. …  1 Corinthians  12 :  6-7

I form the light, and create darkness, I make peace and create calamity; I, the Lord, do all these things.    ISAIAH  45 : 7

‘All is of God that is, and is to be; and G0d is good’.  Let this suffice us still, resting in childlike trust upon His will, who moves to His great ends, un thwarted by the ill.    J.G.  WHITTIER

THIS, then, is of faith, that everything, the very least, or what seemed to us great, every change in the seasons, everything which touches us in mind, body, or estate, whether brought about through this outward senseless nature, or by the will of man, good or bad, is overruled to each of us by the all-holy and all-loving will of God.  Whatever befalls us, however it befalls us, we must receive as the will of God.  If it befalls us through man’s negligence, or ill-will, or anger, still it is, in every the least circumstance, to US the will of God.  For if the least thing could happen to us without God’s permission, it would be something out of God’s control.  God’s providence or His love would not be what they are.  Almighty God Himself would not be the same God; not the G0d whom we believe, adore, and love.   E.B.  PUSEY

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.  But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness.   2  Timothy. 2 :  15-16

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.  Galatians  6 : 9

‘WHAT is my next duty?  What is the thing that lies nearest to me?’  ‘That belongs to your everyday history.  No one can answer that question by yourself.  Your next duty is to determine what your next duty is.  Is there nothing you neglect?  Is there nothing you ought not to do?  You would know your duty, if you thought in earnest about it, and were not ambitious of great things.’  ‘Ah, then, ‘ responded she, ‘I suppose it is something very commonplace, which will make life more dreary than ever.  That cannot help me.’  ‘ It will, if it be as dreary as reading the newspapers to an old deaf aunt.  It will soon lead you to something more.  Your duty will begin to comfort you at once, but will at length open the unknown fountain of life in your heart.’     G.  MACDONALD

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