June 27 The Overshadowing Personal
“I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord.”
God promised Jeremiah that He would deliver him personally – “Thy life
will I give unto thee for a prey.” That is all God promises His children.
Wherever God sends us, He will guard our lives. Our personal property and
possessions are a matter of indifference, we have to sit loosely to all those
things; if we do not, there will be panic and heartbreak and distress. That is
the inwardness of the overshadowing of personal deliverance.
The Sermon on the Mount indicates that when we are on Jesus Christ’s
errands, there is no time to stand up for ourselves. Jesus says, in effect, Do
not be bothered with whether you are being justly dealt with or not. To look
for justice is a sign of deflection from devotion to Him. Never look for
justice in this world, but never cease to give it. If we look for justice, we
will begin to grouse and to indulge in the discontent of self-pity – Why should
I be treated like this? If we are devoted to Jesus Christ we have nothing to do
with what we meet, whether it is just or unjust. Jesus says – Go steadily on
with what I have told you to do and I will guard your life. If you try to guard
it yourself, you remove yourself from My deliverance. The most devout among us
become atheistic in this connection; we do not believe God, we enthrone common
sense and tack the name of God on to it. We do lean to our own understanding,
instead of trusting God with all our hearts.