Is not the LORD your God with you? and hath He not given you rest on every side? – 1 Chronicles 22:18
For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming? – 1 Thessalonians 2:19
The Lord is not far from any one of us; a cry will fetch Him, He will hear even a groan, and He will quickly come to the rescue of those who call upon Him. Do but trust Him, do but take Him to be yours, and then He cannot leave you. “Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.” There is such love in God’s heart towards the very feeblest of His people, that He cannot turn away from them. Mother, is it not so in your family, that the child who is most ill, most weak, most full of pain, is the one who is best remembered by you? While you have been sitting here, this evening, you have not thought of John and Thomas, who have grown up, and gone out into the world, and are strong and healthy, but you have thought of poor little Jane, whose spine is injured, or of the little boy who has to lie still so many hours a day, and who suffers so much. I am sure that, while I have been preaching, your thoughts have been trotting home to that dear child, and you have been thinking much of him. Well, remember that, “Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear Him;” and remember also how the Lord takes the mother’s part as well as the father’s, and says, “As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem.” These are cheering truths for those who do raise the question; I wish they could enable you to get rid of that question, and to know assuredly that the Lord is with you. I recollect how Mr. Joseph Irons used to say of some who were always hoping, “It is all very well to have hope, but do not keep on hoping and hoping, or hopping and hopping, but put both feet down, and begin to run.” I trust you may do the same, and get beyond the “hoping” and the “hopping” to the full assurance of faith.
“Why droop our hearts, why flow our eyes,
While such a voice we hear?
Why rise our sorrows and our fears,
While such a Friend is near?”
~ C.H. Spurgeon