An encouragement for you

The other day I thought of reopening Edges of His Ways, a daily devotional written by Amy Carmichael (1867-1951). Amy was one of those woman who stood up against injustice in India a long time ago. She rescued girls from temple prostitution and was instrumental in making it illegal. You can read more about her here.

I’ll start with the ESV version of passage she is referring too:

[37:1] Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers!
[2] For they will soon fade like the grass
and wither like the green herb.
[3] Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
[4] Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
[5] Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act.
[6] He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.
[7] Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!
[8] Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.
[9] For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the LORD shall inherit the land.
[10] In just a little while, the wicked will be no more; though you look carefully at his place, he will not be there.
[11] But the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace.
(Psalm 37:1-11 ESV)

July 19

Ps 37:8 (PBV) Let go of displeasure.

Sometimes something happens which recalls great pain. You are no able to find pleasur in that thing. You are oppressed by it and saddened. Suddenly the word comes, “Let go displeasure”.

Displeasure is not always wrath; it is not unkindness, or the fretting which the Psalm says so truly, “tendeth only to evil doing.” It is just something that is not pleasure but pain, and so can depress the heart.

Let it go. Do not hold on to it. Let it slip out of mind. Turn to something that does give pleasure and fasten you thoughts on that. “Hold the still in the Lord, and abide patiently upon Him” (v.7). “Commit thy way” (v.5) (and the way of those thou lovest) unto Him, and thou shalt “be refreshed in the multitude of peace” (v.11).

Prove this word if ever you are tempted in this way. You will find that by an act of will, by His grace, you can “let go displeasure” and be most tenderly released and refreshed.

I was very challenged and encouraged by these words. Hope you will be encouraged to “fix your eyes on the author and perfector of our faith” today!

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