It is no sign that Jesus has ceased to love us because we experience doubts and discouragements. Affliction comes to us in the providence of God in order that we may see that Christ is our helper, that in him is love and consolation.
We may believe that God is willing to do for us more than we can ask or think. With the key of faith we may unlock the storehouse of God... It is our privilege to come into the light, to come into the presence of God. We are to come to him confessing our sins, and believing in the promise that we shall be cleansed from all unrighteousness.
We should believe that God will answer our prayers, and not trust to feeling. We should say, My gloomy feelings are no evidence that God has not heard me. I do not want to give up on account of these sad emotions; for “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
We are to trust to the promise of God. We are to go about our business believing that God will do just what he has said he would do, and that the blessings we have prayed for will come to us when we most need them. Every petition enters into the heart of God when we come believing. We have not faith enough. We should look upon our heavenly Father as more willing to help us than an earthly parent is to help his child. Why not trust him? “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” I wish that the beams of light which shine from God’s word could find ready entrance into our hearts; for then we should receive comfort.
Jesus says, “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” Discouragement and gloom come upon us not because the truth is not sufficient for us, but because we do not bring it into our hearts, and let it have a controlling influence over our lives and actions.
By the hand of faith let us grasp the promises of God, and be upon vantage ground.
Come into the presence of God. Come to Him confessing your sins and believing the promise that you shall be cleansed from all unrighteousness.
Believe that God will answer your prayer, do not trust to feelings. Say, My gloomy feelings are no evidence that God has not heard me for “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Trust to the promise of God. Go about your business believing that God will do just what He said He would do and the blessings you prayed for will come when you most need them.
By the hand of faith grasp the promises of God.