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Bread On The Waters

"Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness..."
Psalm 112:4a

Dear Friends,

What a glorious promise this is for the Saint of God who currently sits under the clouds of discouragement. Light will arise! It is a spiritual law, just as the rising sun dissipates the darkness of night at dawn, so the Lord will chase away our spiritual gloom, and cause His light to restore rest to our souls. Hallelujah! However, when we are still under the darkness of our spiritual night, it is easy to become despondant and melancholic. Like righteous Lot, we feel vexed by the darkness all around us, and wonder, as though in the midst of winter, if the sun will ever shine upon us again.

Yet dear child of God, we have a promise, given by the Lord Himself, and therefore the forecast is sure, Light will arise! Faith sees beyond the present gloom, and expects all that is promised from the Giver, for His Word is as sure as His power, and He is above the storm of our souls. All He needs to do is issue forth the decree, 'Peace, be still,' and the storm will cease its raging, and the clouds will part, and heavenly light will comes through to meet our need once more.

'I am my beloved's, and his desire is toward me.'
The Song of Solomon chapter 7:10

Dear Friends,

The Song of Solomon charts the development of the Shulamite's relationship to her Beloved. The story is a glorious allegory of our relationship to the Lord. Among other things, it is a precious reminder to us, that we have not been brought into a religion of slavish obedience to external rules and regulations, 'Touch not, taste not, handle not.' (Col.2:21). Rather, we can joyfully testify with the Shulamite, 'He brought me to the banqueting house, and His banner over me was love.'(Sng Chapter 2:4). Glory to God!

The growth of the Shulamite's devotion to her beloved can be seen through looking at three statements she makes at different points in this Biblical drama. They speak of the pathway to spiritual maturity regarding our relationship to the Lord.

'Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart and ye shall find rest for your souls.'
Matthew 11:28-29

Dear Friends,

One of the unspoken hallmarks of those who live close to the Lord is that they know His rest. The servant of God who is continually disturbed inwardly has not learnt the secret of abiding, and thus knows little of the calm repose his faith affords him. I speak to firstly to myself dear brethren!

So often we carry burdens beyond our means, and therefore struggle to run with endurance the race set before us. If this be our current spiritual condition, let us once again receive to our hearts the gracious invitation of the Lord, 'Come to Me.' If we are going to know true rest, we firstly need to draw near to Him. Once we have drawn near, we then need to let go of our own strivings, and lay down our burdens before Him.

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