January 27

January 27



“I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” – Jer. 1:5.

May God give me the assurance of an eternal ordinationBefore thou camest out of the womb, I sanctified thee, He said to Jeremiah.  When I am discouraged in spirit, this will renew my energy and enthusiasm: to know that God girded me, distinguished me from others, singled me out to be His ambassador and craftsman, before the mountains were brought forth, or the morning stars sang together, or the first ray of light shot through the gloom.

May God give me the assurance of a present help.  That was repeated again and again to Jeremiah.  Say not, I am a child;   Be not afraid, for I am with thee to deliver thee.  And how rich, how potent, how many-sided, the succour of God is!  Just let me breathe out my troubles to Him, and the abundance of His power will be seen in me.  Before ineffectual and uninspiring Zerubbabel, when he is sustained by the Spirit of the Lord, the mountain becomes a plain.

And may God give me the assurance of a successful ministry.  Jeremiah’s ministry was to be one of destruction as well as on construction, of sorrow as well as of joy; but in either case God was to be honoured through him.  Only let me be loyal to my Master, and it is impossible for me to fail.  At length, when I lay my labour down, He will say to me, “Well done!”  And there is no other prize half so desirable or half so sweet, it is ample compensation for midnight and battle and storm.

Thus I would have God equip me for His own work.  “There is no keeping foot,” writes Thomas Boston in his Memoirs, “without new supplies from the Lord.”

Dr. Alexander Smellie.

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