Arise Daughter

They go from strength to strength.”

Psalm 84:7

They go from strength to strength. There are various renderings of these words, but all of them contain the idea of progress.

Our own good translation of the authorized version is enough for us this morning. “They go from strength to strength.” That is, they grow stronger and stronger. Usually, if we are walking, we go from strength to weakness; we start fresh and in good order for our journey, but by-and-by the road is rough, and the sun is hot, we sit down by the wayside, and then again painfully pursue our weary way. But the Christian pilgrim having obtained fresh supplies of grace, is as vigorous after years of toilsome travel and struggle as when he first set out. He may not be quite so elate and buoyant, nor perhaps quite so hot and hasty in his zeal as he once was, but he is much stronger in all that constitutes real power, and travels, if more slowly, far more surely. Some gray-haired veterans have been as firm in their grasp of truth, and as zealous in diffusing it, as they were in their younger days; but, alas, it must be confessed it is often otherwise, for the love of many waxes cold and iniquity abounds, but this is their own sin and not the fault of the promise which still holds good: “The youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint.” Fretful spirits sit down and trouble themselves about the future. “Alas!” say they, “we go from affliction to affliction.” Very true, O thou of little faith, but then thou goest from strength to strength also. Thou shalt never find a bundle of affliction which has not bound up in the midst of it sufficient grace. God will give the strength of ripe manhood with the burden allotted to full-grown shoulders.  C. H. Spurgeon


If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not;

and it shall be given him. James 1:5

A person once said, “You must be wise before the act [ion], not after it”.  Wisdom is a quality, not often discussed, studied, or pursued. And yet, we marvel at those individuals, whose lives seem to shine with a brilliance untarnished by daily life. The very air around them is electric. But they are mere mortals, such as we are, and yet, they appear to have found the golden ring; the answers to all questions.

But how? Perhaps, it is because they have discovered the precious gift of wisdom and revelation.
Wisdom is understanding, insight, knowledge, and good old common sense. It is the platform for creating a life attuned to God, and His standards. Wisdom penetrates our souls, and we comprehend more of Him, who is our all in all.

For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding”. Proverbs 2:6

A life rooted in wisdom makes the choices, challenges and changes easier to govern. So before you act, listen to the one who knows and see all.
That’s wisdom.


Adapted from a post on A More Excellent Way Ministries Worldwide Facebook Page.

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