Ruth 2:2August 1 Morning
I think I will go to the fields. Maybe I can find someone who will be kind to me and let me gather the grain they leave in their field.
Downcast and troubled Christian, come and glean today in the broad field of God's promise. Here there is an abundance of precious promises, which will exactly meet your needs. Take this one: "He will not break the bruised reed, nor quench the smoking flax." Doesn't that match your situation? A reed, helpless, insignificant, and weak, a bruised reed, out of which no music can come; weaker than weakness itself; a reed, and that reed bruised, yet, he will not break you; but on the contrary, He will restore and strengthen you. You are like the smoking flax: no light, no warmth, can come from you; but he will not quench you; he will blow with his sweet breath of mercy till he fans you to a flame. Would you more encouragement? "Come unto me all you that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." What soft words! your heare is tender, and the Master knows it, and therefore he speaketh so gently to you. Wilt you not obey him, and come to him even now? Take another ear of corn: "Fear not, you worm Jacob, I will help you, saith the Lord and your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel." How canst you fear with such a wonderful assurance as this? you mayest gather ten yousand such golden ears as these! "I have blotted out your sins like a cloud, and like a thick cloud your transgressions." Or this, "Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as white as wool." Or this, "The Spirit and the Bride say, Let him that is thirsty come, and take the water of life freely." Our Master's field is very rich; behold the handfuls. See, there they lie before you, poor timid believer! Gather them up, make them your own, for Jesus bids you take them. Be not afraid, only believe! Grasp these sweet promises, thresh them out by meditation and feed on them with joy.
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