He brought me forth also into a large place.
It may be only a pin-point on the map but if it is the Lord’s place for us, it is a large place. God’s geography does not read like ours. His ways are not our ways and His standards of greatness and success are foolish to this world. An obscure country church, even the bedroom of an invalid, may be a great place if it is the place of His will and lit with His presence.
And anywhere we may go, it is a large place if God be with us.
To me remains nor place nor time;
My country is in every clime;
I can be calm and free from care
On any shore, since God is there.
Madame Guyon found that God makes the place. Watch your harassed tourist trying to get away from it all. Alas, it matters not where he goes, he has to take himself along and there lies the problem. But
All scenes alike engaging prove
To souls impressed with sacred love.
Blessed is he who travels by God’s geography. With him a stone pillow in a strange land may mark the house of God and the gate to heaven.
Believe Your Beliefs
What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye shall receive them, and ye shall have them.
Believer that you have and you shall have – that is the grammar of faith! We are to ask for wisdom but we must ask in faith, nothing wavering (James 1:6). The believer already has all things in Christ, and by faith he lays hold of what is already his.
We must not only believe that we receive, we must believe that we believe. We must believe our beliefs and doubt our doubts. Alas, we doubt our beliefs and believe our doubts! To be always examining our faith is to destroy it. There is a strange twist of mind that afflicts some harassed souls who can never be sure of anything. These are ever learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth.
We must give ourselves credit for such faith as we can muster. The father of the demonized boy said to our Lord, “Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.” His faith was weak and mixed with unbelief and he knew it, but he knew that he had at least a little faith and that faith he asserted. Of course, our faith, like every other good and perfect gift, is of God, but God expects us to use it, affirm it, not doubt it. “If thou canst believe” implies that we can if we will. God would not ask us to believe if we could not.