“God’s Gracious Love”

 

Jeremiah came with a message of hope, help, and encouragement. It was a message of rest in a time of turmoil.

 

The message of comfort and about the presence of God: “Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:12Jeremiah 29:12
Spanish: Biblia Reina Valera - revisión de 1995 - RVR95

12 Entonces me invocaréis. Vendréis y oraréis a mí, y yo os escucharé.

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–13). I’m glad that our God “is not far” from every one of us. I’m glad that whenever we “draw nigh unto God,” He will “draw nigh unto [us]” James 4:8James 4:8
Spanish: Biblia Reina Valera - revisión de 1995 - RVR95

8 Acercaos a Dios, y él se acercará a vosotros.f Pecadores, limpiad las manos;g y vosotros los de doble ánimo,h purificad vuestros corazones.

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I am told that in 1890 the Stead family took a holiday to the beach in New York. While Lily, the little girl, and Louisa, the mother, made a sandcastle, Mr. Stead looked out at the water. He saw a young man, struggling. Though he was not trained in lifesaving techniques, Mr. Stead hastened into the water to try to rescue the one who was in peril. When he reached the drowning man, the man threw his arms around Mr. Stead and locked him in a death grip. Both the young man and his intended rescuer perished.

 

Louisa did the best she could to care for Lily, but in 1890 there was no Aid for Dependent Children; there were no food stamps; there was no social safety net. One night, as Louisa and Lily prepared for bed, Louisa said, “We need to pray and ask Jesus to give us some food because if He doesn’t, we don’t have anything to eat tomorrow.” Then she looked down and saw Lily’s worn, scuffed shoes with her toes sticking out the end. She said, “We should also ask Jesus to give us some money to buy you a pair of shoes.”

 

They prayed and went to sleep. The next morning, when Louisa went to open the front door of their home, she sensed there was something against it. She was able to push it open enough to stick her head around and find a large box filled with groceries. Inside the box was an envelope, and inside the envelope was a $10 bill more than enough money to buy a pair of shoes for Lily.

 

Louisa happily began to make a breakfast, but before she ate anything, she sat down, took out a pen and a piece of paper, and wrote:

Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, Just to take Him at His word; Just to rest upon His promise, Just to know, “Thus saith the Lord.”

 

 

They ate the breakfast, went to town, and bought Lily a pair of shoes. As Louisa watched Lily running happily around the yard, no longer concerned about stepping on stones, pieces of glass, or pickers, she wrote these words:

 

 

I’m so glad I learned to trust Thee, Precious Jesus, Saviour, Friend; And I know that Thou art with me, Wilt be with me to the end. Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him! How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er, Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus! O for grace to trust Him more!”

 

Though things appear dim or the chances seem slim, take courage in knowing that God has a plan.

 

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