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Jan 30th – 2017

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Rev. E. Anderson


Thought for Today

Thought for the Day follows an instructive theme for everyday of the Week. We now turn our thoughts to another important factor if there is to be positive dealing with God. The word is ‘peace’, a spiritual reality to be entered into if one is to know and extract the best from life.

PEACE – LESSON OF A LIFE-TIME – Genesis 25:21,22; 27

Reviewing the life of Jacob it would appear that he found peace difficult to know and maintain throughout his life. Even as a twin in the womb of Rebekah there was an uncomfortable experience tasted! It says “And the children struggled within her…” 25:22. It appears to be a prophecy of what was to be after he put in his appearance. His twin brother was utterly opposite and they never did really get on together. He had a true spiritual bent in spite of his seemingly complicated nature. He had a latent, indescribable hunger for the spiritual but did not go the right way to obtain it.

In taking his flight from his brother and home surroundings, may be thought he would find peace. Taking residence, work and marriage to his uncle’s daughters he may have thought he would fare better. But there was eventual jealousy, anger and disturbance that was difficult to handle from his in-laws. There came the day when he felt he must secretly escape with his wives, children and cattle to get some peace. Then two of his sons brought a load of trouble. There came the awful disappearance of Joseph the son that he truly valued. That really tore him apart! Yet through it all he sense the help of the Lord and finished his days richly prophesying over his sons – Genesis 49 and die quite peacefully. He knew in great measure, through a tough assignment, peace with God and the peace of God. He had to learn it at various stages!

This may me something that has happened and is happening to you. Life does not settle down to a peaceful co-existence with people or your circumstances. You seem to have got through one ordeal with God’s peace enabling then another is thrust upon you. It is easy to fret and wonder where you went wrong. No! It is the Lord taking you through a variety of phases and in each situation you can experience that extra dynamic of His peace. He will keep you, like Jacob, from falling apart and keep you in one piece. There is no way He will leave you on your own to contend.


A Wonderful Saviour is Jesus my Lord

I think that one of the main reasons I love this hymn was it was one of my mum’s favourites. I oft remember her singing it as a solo an I find no difficulty in remembering her with smiling face and good voice heartily singing it. Truly He is a wonderful saviour that secures our well-being in every way and apportions untold blessings on and in our lives.

Frances Jane Crosby, the daughter of John and Mercy Crosby, was born in Southeast, Putnam County, N. Y., March 24, 1820. She became blind at the age of six weeks from maltreatment of her eyes during a spell of sickness. When she was eight years old she moved with her parents to Ridgefield, Conn., the family remaining there four years. At the age of fifteen she entered the New York Institution for the Blind, where she received a good education. She became a teacher in the institution in 1847, and continued her work until March 1, 1858. She taught English grammar, rhetoric and American history.

Since 1864 she supported herself by writing hymns. She resided in New York City nearly all her life, where, she says, she is “a member of the Old John Street M. E. Church in good standing.” She spent regular hours on certain days at the office of The Biglow & Main Co., the firm for which she did most of her writing, and for whom she has composed over four thousand hymns. Her hymns have been in great demand and have been used by many of our most popular composers.

She could compose at any time and did not need to wait for any special inspiration, and her best hymns have come on the spur of the moment. She always composed with an open book in her hand, generally a copy of Golden Hymns, held closely over her eyes, bottom side up. She learned to play on the guitar and piano while at the institution, and has a clear soprano voice. She also received a technical training in music, and for this reason she could, and did, compose airs for some of her hymns.

1/. A wonderful Saviour is Jesus my Lord, A wonderful Saviour to me;
He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock, Where rivers of pleasure I see.


He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock That shadows a dry, thirsty land;
He hideth my life with the depths of His love, And covers me there with His hand,
And covers me there with His hand.

2/. A wonderful Saviour is Jesus my Lord, He taketh my burden away;
He holdeth me up, and I shall not be moved, He giveth me strength as my day.


3/. With numberless blessings each moment He crowns, And filled with His fullness divine,
I sing in my rapture, oh, glory to God For such a Redeemer as mine!


4/. When clothed in His brightness, transported I rise To meet Him in clouds of the sky,
His perfect salvation, His wonderful love I’ll shout with the millions on high.


QUOTES TO NOTE – attitude

Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one – Hans Selye



Twice it is mentioned, “I wait quietly before God” – vv1,5 New Living Trans. This shows that the composer had entered into a peaceful state of mind and patient attitude. His position was one of real faith in God to do what He is always capable of doing. Instead of being disturbed and agitated there is composure of spirit that rests in the knowledge that the Lord will act in His own way and on time. The alarm bells have ceased to make any nervous impact upon him for he inwardly knows that the Lord has got everything in hand. He is at perfect peace.

He affirmed a little later that this is so by saying, “for my expectation is from Him” – v5.  Unruffled, he anticipated the intervention of the Lord on his behalf. There was a sure confidence in God and His power to move and deal with everything and everyone that may prevent his progress and blessedness. He could safely leave it in the hands of omnipotence to answer what requires His workings. The problem was no longer his: it belonged to God and He would see that it was resolved at the right time. All he had to do was to wait quietly and confidently on the Lord.

The Lord will let you know, beyond any doubt, that nothing ever alarms Him nor is He ever in a place where He cannot perform and produce the necessary answers. He is always in the driving seat and can always act at the appropriate moment to do what is essential for His people. His purpose is to create and nurture in those who desire a relationship with Him and to experience His interventions, a quiet disposition of simple and quiet trust. Do not be alarmed by what is happening but be possessed with the confidence that He knows and will work on your behalf.





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