My soul, where would you have been this day?
(John MacDuff, "The Faithful Promiser")
"Satan has desired to have you, that he might
sift you as wheat; but I have prayed for you,
that your faith fail not." Luke 22:31, 32
What a scene does this unfold . . .
Satan tempting, Jesus praying!
Satan sifting, Jesus pleading!
"The strong man assailing," "the stronger
than the strong" beating him back!
Believer! here is the past history and present
secret of your safety in the midst of temptation.
An interceding Savior was at your side, saying
to every threatening wave, "Thus far shall you
go, and no farther!"
God often permits His people to be on the very
verge of the precipice, to remind them of their
own weakness; but never farther than the brink!
The restraining hand of grace of Omnipotence is
ready to rescue them, "Although he stumbles, yet
he shall not be utterly cast down." And why? "For
the Lord upholds him with His right hand!"
The wolf may be prowling for his prey; but
what can he do when the Shepherd is always
there, tending with the watchful eye that
"neither slumbers nor sleeps?"
Who cannot subscribe to the testimony, "When
my foot slipped, Your mercy, O Lord! held me up"?
Who can look back on his past pilgrimage, and
fail to see it crowded with monuments with this
inscription: "You have delivered . . .
my soul from death,
my eyes from tears, and
my feet from falling"?
My soul, where would you have been this day,
had you not been "kept by the power of God"?