This chapter was literally necessary for me in the very moment I read it. How apropos of the Lord.
I was beginning my day, after a startling previous evening that left me feeling a bit discombobulated; you know, not quite right, but not sure exactly why. As I sat with the Lord, I felt compelled to read the next chapter in Abide in Christ.
It was so on the mark.
I could literally highlight the whole chapter, but I won’t. 🙂 This (rather long) quote basically summarizes what the Lord so gently and lovingly spoke to me and used to set me at ease. What blessed abundance to take Him as our All moment by moment.
You may be yet so feeble as to fear to say of each day, “I am abiding in Jesus”; but the feeblest can, each single moment, say, as he consents to occupy his place as a branch in the vine, “Yes, I do abide in Christ.” It is not a matter of feeling–it is not a question of growth or strength in the christian life–it is the simple question whether the will at the present moment desires and consents to recognize the place you have in your Lord, and to accept it. If you are a believer, you are in Christ. If you are in Christ, and wish to stay there, it is your duty to say, though it be but for a moment, “Blessed Saviour, I abide in Thee now, Thou keepest me now.”
It has been well said that in that little word “now” lies one of the deepest secrets of the life of faith. At the close of a conference on the spiritual life, a minister of experience rose and spoke. He did not know that he had learnt any truth he did not know before, but he had learnt how to use aright what he had known. He had learnt that it was his privilege at each moment, whatever surrounding circumstances might be, to say, “Jesus saves me now.” This is indeed the secret of rest and victory. If I can say, “Jesus is to me at this moment all that God gave Him to be–life, and strength, and peace”–I have but as I say it to hold still, and rest, and realize it, and for that moment I have what I need. As my faith sees how of God I am in Christ, and takes the place in Him my Father has provided, my soul can peacefully settle down; Now I abide in Christ.