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Thursday, May 24, 2012

My Utmost For His Highest : "The Delight Of Despair"


May 24, 2012


And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead.

Revelation 1:17

It may be that like the apostle John you know Jesus Christ
intimately, when suddenly He appears with no familiar characteristic
at all, and the only thing you can do is to fall at His feet as dead.
There are times when God cannot reveal Himself in any other way than
in His majesty, and it is the awfulness of the vision which brings
you to the delight of despair; if you are ever to be raised up, it
must be by the hand of God.

"He laid His right hand upon me." In the midst of the awfulness, a
touch comes, and you know it is the right hand of Jesus Christ. The
right hand not of restraint nor of correction nor of chastisement,
but the right hand of the Everlasting Father. Whenever His hand is
laid upon you, it is ineffable peace and comfort, the sense that
"underneath are the everlasting arms," full of sustaining and comfort
and strength. When once His touch comes, nothing at all can cast you
into fear again. In the midst of all His ascended glory the Lord
Jesus comes to speak to an insignificant disciple, and to say - "Fear
not." His tenderness is ineffably sweet. Do I know Him like that?

Watch some of the things that strike despair. There is despair in
which there is no delight, no horizon, no hope of anything brighter;
but the delight of despair comes when I know that "in me (that is, in
my flesh) dwelleth no good thing." I delight to know that there is
that in me which must fall prostrate before God when He manifests
Himself, and if I am ever to be raised up it must be by the hand of
God. God can do nothing for me until I get to the limit of the

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