“MARRED: SO HE MADE IT AGAIN”-F.B.Meyer

  Once Pagannini, standing before a great audience, broke string after string in his violin, until only one was left. He held up his violin, and said: “One string and Pagannini.” Now we want one man and God, God working through a man so that the man is the channel, But before God can work […]

“A CASTAWAY”–IN WHAT SENSE?-F.B.Meyer

  Is it to be supposed for a moment that the Apostle thought that when once the believer has fled to Christ he can be cast out into the outer darkness where there is weeping, and wailing, and gnashing of teeth? Is it possible for a limb to be torn from the mystical body of […]

YOU HAVE MISSED IT-F.B.Meyer

  You always will that way. It is inside. It is in the Holy Ghost. It is in Christ. Heaven is there. It is there for all. But believe me, you cannot get it unless you take the preparatory step. Therefore you must get alone as I did sixteen years ago; you must kneel down […]

Yet wilt thou plunge me in the ditch, and mine-F.B.Meyer

  Yet wilt thou plunge me in the ditch, and mine own clothes shall abhor me. Job ix. 31. WE shall never got beyond the need of using daily the Lord’s prayer. He has bound by the conjunction and the prayer for forgiveness with that for daily bread, as though to teach us that we […]

Yet shall the righteous hold on his way.-F.B.Meyer

  Yet shall the righteous hold on his way. Job xvii. 9 (R.V.). WHEN the real life of God enters the soul, it persists there. Genuine religion is shown by its power of persistence. Anything short of a Godgiven faith will sooner or later fail. It may run well for a time, but its pace […]

Yet doth He devise means that his-F.B.Meyer

  Yet doth He devise means that his banished be not expelled from Him. 2 Sam. xiv. 14. THE means that David devised were really inadequate. He allowed his heart to dictate to his royal sense of justice and rectitude, and permitted Absalom to return to his country and home without one word of confession, […]

Yet a little while, and they are gone.-F.B.Meyer

  Yet a little while, and they are gone. Job xxiv. 24 (R.V.). JOB here describes the insecurity of the wicked. He may have raged against the poor and innocent; but in a moment he comes down to Sheol, is hurried to stand before his Maker to receive his sentence. As he had treated the […]

Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain;-F.B.Meyer

  Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet that valley shall be filled. 2 Kings iii. 17. THIS is God’s way of fulfilling the desire of them that fear Him. We like to see the clouds blown forward through the sky, and hear the moan of the rising wind; in other […]

WORK OUT WHAT GOD WORKS IN-F.B.Meyer

  Now, I come to my next point. When God works in, you must work out. ” Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is GOD that worketh in you.” You must work out what God works in, and you must do it with fear and trembling. Let me explain. Suppose […]

Why Sign the Pledge?-F.B.Meyer

  The feeling among Christians against strong drink is growing. By the efforts and self-sacrifice of tens of thousands, a strong public sentiment can be formed, like a mighty breakwater. An arrest may be placed on the onward march of drunkenness, and many a bark, battered by the fury of Passion and Self-indulgence, safely moored […]

Why He Delays-F.B.Meyer

  “Therefore will the LORD wait…wait for him” (Isa. 30:18). He does not delay because of any caprice. We must not think that heaven has favorites, who are always served first. There is no partiality or favoritism with our Father. He chastens those whom He loves. The first come last. Each is dealt with according […]

Who then is he that can stand before Me?-F.B.Meyer

  Who then is he that can stand before Me? Job xii. 10 (R.V.). THE first catechism had been on Job’s knowledge; now it turns on his power. The pivot of the one was, Knowest thou? of the other, Canst thou? If a man cannot stand before one of God’s creatures, how much less before […]

Who knoweth whether thou art come to the-F.B.Meyer

  Who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this? Esther iv. 14. WHAT grand faith was here! Mordecai was in God’s secrets, and was assured that deliverance and enlargement would come to his people from some quarter  if not from Esther, then from some other; but he was […]

Wherefore wilt thou run? . . . Come what may, said he,-F.B.Meyer

  Wherefore wilt thou run? . . . Come what may, said he, I will run. 2 Sam. xviii. 22, 23 (R.V.). MOAB did not love David, as Ahimaaz did, and could not understand what made the young man so eager to carry the tidings. Doubtless Ahimaaz and Cushi entirely misinterpreted the heart of David, […]

WHERE IS IT?-F.B.Meyer

  People come to me and speak of the different points in which they have thwarted God. A man came to me one day and said that when I was in a certain convention I asked all those who wanted to be wholly for God to stand up. He refused to stand, and for months […]

Where Am I Wrong?-F.B.Meyer

  THIS IS THY EAGER QUESTION, O Christian soul, and thy bitter complaint. On the faces and in the lives of others who are known to thee, thou hast discerned a light, a joy, a power, which thou enviest with a desire which oppresses thee, but for which you should thank God devoutly. It is […]

When Thou teachest them the good way-F.B.Meyer

  When Thou teachest them the good way wherein they should walk. 2 Chron. vi. 27 (R.V.). THIS sentence is exactly parallel with the previous one, When Thou dost afflict them. The obvious meaning then is, that God sometimes taught Israel the good way wherein they should walk, by afflicting them and shutting up the […]

When the burnt offering began, the song-F.B.Meyer

  When the burnt offering began, the song of the Lord began also. 2 Chron. xxix. 27. THIS chapter contains a parable of the cleansing of the heart, meant to be a temple for God; but the doors of prayer are unopened, the lamps of testimony unlit, the burnt offerings of self sacrifice neglected ; […]

When he was in affliction, he besought-F.B.Meyer

  When he was in affliction, he besought the Lord his God. 2 Chron. xxxiii. 12. SO long as this story stands on the page of revelation, no sinner need despair of mercy. There was hardly a sin possible to man that Manasseh did not commit. “He did that which was evil in the sight […]

WHAT TO SEEK AND WHOM TO SERVE-F.B.Meyer

  Matthew 6:19-26 What is in our inner life which answers to the eye of the body? Some have said that it is the intellect; others the heart. But it is truer to say that it is the inner purpose and intention of the soul. When our physical eye is in an unhealthy condition, the […]

What is thy petition, and it shall be granted thee:-F.B.Meyer

  What is thy petition, and it shall be granted thee: and what is thy request? Esther vii. 2. AMID the sensual conceptions of marriage that obtained in this heathen empire there was doubtless a consciousness in the king’s breast of the essential unity between himself and his beautiful queen. She was his better self, […]

What is man . . . that thou shouldest-F.B.Meyer

  What is man . . . that thou shouldest visit him every morning? Job vii. 17, 18. GOD visits us with mercy every morning. Before we are awake He is at work in the world, baptizing it with dew, feeding the birds and wild things, taking pleasure in the jasmine and heliotrope, the honeysuckle, […]

What do these Hebrews here?-F.B.Meyer

  What do these Hebrews here? 1 Sam. xxix. 3. IT was a very natural remark. The Philistines were going into battle with the Hebrew king and his troops, and it was very anomalous that a strong body of Hebrews should be forming part of the Philistine array. They had no business to be there. […]

We also will be with thee: be of good-F.B.Meyer

  We also will be with thee: be of good courage, and do it. Ezra x. 4. THIS narrative reminds us of the story of Achan, who took of the accursed thing, and kindled the anger of the Lord against the children of Israel. There must be confession and the putting away of evil ere […]

Watering-F.B.Meyer

  “I the LORD do keep it; I will water it every moment: lest any hurt it, I will keep it night and day” (Isa. 27:3). In the scorching Oriental heat the vineyard needs incessant watering, else the vines fail. And our spirits are equally dependent on the refreshment which only God’s tender love can […]

WATCHING WITH GOD-F.B.Meyer

  “The vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie. Though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come; it will not tarry.” –Habakkuk 2:3. “It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.” — […]

Watch ye, and keep them, until ye weigh-F.B.Meyer

  Watch ye, and keep them, until ye weigh them at Jerusalem. Ezra viii. 29. THEY were protected by God, whose presence with them across the wild desert made it needless to ask for an escort of soldiers; but they had to take care of the precious vessels of his house. It was a reciprocal […]

To show himself strong in the behalf of them-F.B.Meyer

  To show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. 2 Chron. xvi. 9. THE emphasis is clearly on the word perfect. That was the point between Hanani the seer and Asa the king. Asa’s mistake and sin lay in his resorting to Benhadad, king of Syria, as an […]

To obey is better than sacrifice, and to-F.B.Meyer

  To obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. 1 Sam. xv. 22. THIS is a great principle, which is repeatedly enforced throughout the Bible. Men have always been apt to divorce religion and morality, and to suppose that a certain tribute of sacrifice to God will be sufficient […]

Till there stood up a priest with-F.B.Meyer

  Till there stood up a priest with Urim and with Thummin. Ezra ii. 63. IT must have been a great disappointment to these people who found themselves excluded from sharing as priests. Their names were not on the register, and so they had to wait until a properly qualified authority could adjudicate their case. […]

Till I know what God will do for me.-F.B.Meyer

  Till I know what God will do for me. 1 Sam. xxii. 3. WE shall never get to the end of all that God will do for us, if only we perfectly give ourselves up to Him. David had a very imperfect vision of all that was in God’s plan for him; he had […]

Thy gentleness hath made me great.-F.B.Meyer

  Thy gentleness hath made me great. 2 Sam. xxii. 36. THE triumph of God’s gentle goodness will be our song for ever. In those far distant ages, when we look back on our earthly course, as a grown man on his boyhood, and when the words of this Psalm shall express our glad emotions, […]

Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him.-F.B.Meyer

  Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him. Job xiii. 15. THIS was a noble expression, which has been appropriated by thousands in every subsequent age. In every friendship there is a probation, during which we narrowly watch the actions of another, as indicating the nature of his soul; but after awhile […]

Thou shalt eat bread at my table continually.-F.B.Meyer

  Thou shalt eat bread at my table continually. 2 Sam. ix. 7. FOUR times in this chapter we are told of the lame man eating bread at the royal table. But what are these facts recorded and repeated for, save to accentuate the infinite blessings which come to us through the Divine love! Mephibosheth […]

Thou shalt do as occasion serve thee-F.B.Meyer

  Thou shalt do as occasion serve thee. 1 Sam. x. 7. THIS is an example of how God demands of us the use of our sanctified commonsense. Samuel sketches to Saul the course of events during the next few days; showing how clearly our lives lie naked and open to the eyes of God, […]

Thou shalt be missed, because thy seat-F.B.Meyer

  Thou shalt be missed, because thy seat will be empty. 1 Sam, xx. 18. JONATHAN and David had entered into a covenant,each loving the other as his own soul. Anxious to shield his friend from the wrath of his father, Jonathan discloses to David the plan by which he shall know how matters fared […]

Thou shalt be gathered intoThou shalt be gathered into-F.B.Meyer

  Thou shalt be gathered into thy grave in peace. 2 Kings xxii. 20. AS a matter of fact, Josiah’s death was not a peaceful one. He persisted in going into conflict with Pharaohnecho, king of Egypt, against the latter’s earnest remonstrance (see 2 Chron. xxxv. 20); and, in consequence of his hardihood, met his […]

Thou restrainest prayer before God.-F.B.Meyer

  Thou restrainest prayer before God. Job xv. 4. JOB’S friends were bent on discovering the cause of his sufferings in some secret failure and declension. This is why Eliphaz accused him so groundlessly. They did not know of those secret habits of intercession described in the first chapter. But this charge is eminently true […]

Thou man of God!-F.B.Meyer

  Thou man of God! 2 Kings i. 9, 11, 13. OH that thou and I might so live before God and men, that they should recognise us as men of God, as God’s men! See how these ungodly captains at once recognised this, in the case of Elijah. They fretted and chafed against his […]

This shall be no grief unto thee.-F.B.Meyer

  This shall be no grief unto thee. 1 Sam. xxv. 31. THERE was an inimitable blending of woman’s wit with worldly prudence in the words of the beautiful Abigail. Poor woman, she bad had a sorry life of it, mated to such a man as Nabal was! An ill assorted pair certainly, though probably […]

This is the portion of a wicked man from God.-F.B.Meyer

  This is the portion of a wicked man from God. Job xx. 29. REPEATEDLY in reading this book we are reminded of the strong convictions entertained by thoughtful men among these Eastern peoples, of the sure connection between wrong doing and its bitter penalty. The friends of the sufferer express their opinions in coldblooded […]

This day is a day of good tidings.-F.B.Meyer

  This day is a day of good tidings. 2 Kings vii. 9. IT was indeed. The enemy that bad so long hemmed them in had dispersed, leaving a great spoil behind. The famine which had driven the people to awful straits was at an end, and there was now plenty of everything. It was […]

They set the Ark of God upon a new cart.-F.B.Meyer

  They set the Ark of God upon a new cart. 2 Sam. vi. 3. THIS was their mistake. The Divine directions were explicit that the Ark of the living God must be carried on the shoulders of living men. There would have been no stumbling of oxen, no swaying of the Ark to falling, […]

They made him king, and anointed him.-F.B.Meyer

  They made him king, and anointed him. 2 Kings xi. 12. THIS dexterous overthrow of Athaliah by the bringing of the youthful king, who had been hidden in the secret chambers of the Temple, accommodates itself so obviously to a reference to the inner life, that we must be pardoned for making it. Is […]

They entered into a covenant to seek the-F.B.Meyer

  They entered into a covenant to seek the Lord God of their fathers. 2 Chron. xv. 12. WE hear but little talk in the present day of the covenant, the mention of which was dear to God’s people of olden time. There is this difference between it and the covenants which we make with […]

They cried to God in the battle,-F.B.Meyer

  They cried to God in the battle, and He was entreated of them. 1 Chron. v. 20. WHETHER they cried to God before they went into the battle we are not told; but probably they did, because we read that the war was of God, and it is hardly likely that they would have […]

They clothed all that were naked,-F.B.Meyer

  They clothed all that were naked, and gave them to eat and drink. 2 Chron. xxviii. 15. A GREAT burst of generosity was here, for Israel had every reason to be incensed against Judah for the raid made on their territory. But, instead of pushing their advantage to the uttermost, they returned good for […]

These were the sons of David.-F.B.Meyer

  These were the sons of David. 1 Chron. iii. 1. BUT how different they were to the Son of David! Contrast any one of these with our blessed Lord, and what an infinite chasm lies between them! Solomon was the most reputable of them, but a greater than Solomon was born in Bethlehem, and […]

These nations feared the Lord, and served their-F.B.Meyer

  These nations feared the Lord, and served their graven images. 2 Kings xvii. 41. IT was a curious mixture. These people had come from Babylon, Hamath, and Sepharvaim, and were settled in the land from which Israel was deported. In their desire to propitiate the God of the country, they added his worship to […]

These are the sons of Israel.-F.B.Meyer

  These are the sons of Israel. 1 Chron. ii. 1. IT is noticeable how irrevocable the Divine sentence is on a human life. Of Er, the grave, impartial voice of Scripture says, he was “wicked in the sight of the Lord”; of Achan, he was the “troubler of Israel, and committed a trespass in […]

There was neither hammer, nor axe,-F.B.Meyer

  There was neither hammer, nor axe, nor any tool of iron heard. 1 Kings vi, 7. IN absolute silence, like the growth of a palm in the desert, that noble building arose in the symmetry of its fair proportions. But there was plenty of quarrying and hammering and chiselling before the materials were brought […]

There is none like that; give it me-F.B.Meyer

  There is none like that; give it me. 1 Sam. xxi. 9. WHAT David said of the sword of Goliath we may say of Holy Scripture  the sword of the Spirit  “There is none like that.” There is no book like the Bible for those convinced of sin.  The Word of God assures the […]

There is a spirit in man, and the breath of the-F.B.Meyer

  There is a spirit in man, and the breath of the Almighty giveth understanding. Job xxxii. 8 (R.V.). ELIHU had waited whilst the three elder men said all that was in their hearts. He now excuses his youth and demands audience, because so conscious that the breath of inspiration had entered his soul. Wisdom […]

Then thou shalt go out to battle; for God is-F.B.Meyer

  Then thou shalt go out to battle; for God is gone forth before thee. 1 Chron. xiv. 15. WHAT was this “going”? It was not merely a fitful breeze stealing through the leaves; it was not the going of the wind; but of angel squadrons who were proceeding against the enemies of Israel. This […]

Then the king arose, and tare his garments-F.B.Meyer

  Then the king arose, and tare his garments, and lay on the earth. 2 Sam, xiii. 31. THROUGHOUT the incidents of this chapter, the soul of David touched the bottom of the sea of anguish and remorse. The circumstances narrated were in themselves sad enough; but there was a more bitter element in them […]

Then the house was filled with a Cloud.-F.B.Meyer

  Then the house was filled with a Cloud. 2 Chron. v. 13. THIS was the bright Shekinah cloud, the symbol of the Divine Presence, which had shone for Moses in the bush, and led the march through the desert. It was as though God had found a rest. And as it settled upon the […]

Then said Saul, I have sinned.-F.B.Meyer

  Then said Saul, I have sinned. 1 Sam. xxvi. 21. THE Apostle makes a great distinction, and rightly, between the sorrow of the world and the sorrow of a godly repentance which needeth not to be repented of. Certainly Saul’s confession of sin belonged to the former; whilst the cry of the latter comes […]

THE WISE-MEN FOLLOW THE STAR-F.B.Meyer

  Matthew 2:1-8 The expectation of the advent of a great king was far-spread at the time of the Nativity. It was probably founded, so far as the East was concerned, on the prophecies of Balaam and Daniel. See Numbers 24:17; Daniel 7:13-14. There are evidences of the same expectation in the classic literature of […]

The Weight could not be found out.-F.B.Meyer

  The Weight could not be found out. 2 Chron. iv. 18. THIS was as it should be. There was no attempt to keep an accurate account of what was given to the service of God. Even Solomon’s left hand did not know what his right hand did. There is a tendency in all of […]

The Use of Our Senses-F.B.Meyer

  Our senses give warning signals when danger is near. This is perhaps their secondary use, but it is the most vital. The eye, ear, nose, the senses of taste and touch, are the channels through which the most exquisite pleasures are wafted to us–rapturous glimpses of natural beauty, sweet sounds, fragrant scents, delicious viands, […]

THE TWO PATHS-F.B.Meyer

  “Is not the whole land before thee? Separate thyself, I pray thee, from me.” — Genesis 13:9. Abraham and Lot stood together on the heights of Bethel. The Land of Promise spread out before them as a map. On three sides at least there was not much to attract a shepherd’s gaze. The eye […]

The Translation-F.B.Meyer

  We have reached at length one of the most sublime scenes of Old Testament story. We should have been glad to learn the most minute particulars concerning it; but the historian contents himself with the simplest statements. Just one or two broad, strong outlines, and all is told that we may know. The veil […]

Wordsworth and all his followers were students in the school of Jesus Christ. Never breathed a more enthusiastic lover of nature than He. Lilies could not grow at His feet, or birds wing their homeward flight over His head, without attracting His swift at

  Wordsworth and all his followers were students in the school of Jesus Christ. Never breathed a more enthusiastic lover of nature than He. Lilies could not grow at His feet, or birds wing their homeward flight over His head, without attracting His swift attention. His daily talk was of wandering sheep and whitening corn, […]

The time when Kings go out to battle. . . . .-F.B.Meyer

  The time when Kings go out to battle. . . . . But David tarried at Jerusalem. 1 Chron. xx. 1. THERE are times and tides in the affairs of men. Favourable moments for doing and daring, for attempting and achieving. Hours when the ship must be launched, or it will have to wait […]

The Test of the Homelife-F.B.Meyer

  Many a man might bear himself as a hero and saint in the solitudes of Cherith, or on the heights of Carmel, and yet wretchedly fail in the homelife of Zarephath. It is one thing to commune with God in the solitudes of nature and perform splendid acts of devotion and zeal for Him […]

THE SUBSTITUTION OF THE CHRIST-LIFE FOR THE SELF-LIFE.-F.B.Meyer

  In my second address we saw that the will is our main and chief impediment. We are not what we or think, or wish but what we will In the preceding address we saw that our curse lies in making self the pilot of our life, and that the one aim of Christianity is […]

The Spirit of the Lord came upon-F.B.Meyer

  The Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. 1 Sam. xvi. 13. WHAT may not a day bring forth! Here was a shepherd lad, summoned hastily from his sheep, and anointed king. But an even greater blessing came into his life that day, for he was mightily endued with the […]

The Spirit of God clothed itself with Zechariah-F.B.Meyer

  The Spirit of God clothed itself with Zechariah the son of Jehoiada. 2 Chron. xxiv. 20 (R. V., marg.). AS we put on a cloak or dress, so does the Spirit of God, as it were, hide Himself in those who surrender themselves to Him, so that it is not they who speak and […]

The Spirit and Power of Elijah-F.B.Meyer

  How can those who have traveled in Switzerland forget the early mornings when they have been summoned from sleep to await the dawn? A weird and mysterious hush possesses nature as a crowd is hushed in expectancy of a king’s approach. Then a strange light spreads outward from the eastern sky. At last one […]

The Source of Elijah’s Strength-F.B.Meyer

  This chapter begins with the conjunction “And.” It is, therefore, an addition to what has gone before; and it is God’s addition. When we have read to the end of the previous chapter — which tells the melancholy story of the rapid spread and universal prevalence of idolatry in the favored land of the […]

THE SOUL’S ANSWER TO THE DIVINE SUMMONS-F.B.Meyer

  “I will go!” — Genesis 24:58. Carry back your mind for thirty-seven centuries. The loft light of an Oriental sunset falls gently on the fertile grazing grounds watered by the broad Euphrates; and as its gloom lights up all the landscapes dotted by flocks, and huts, and villages, it irradiates with an especial wealth […]

The sins of Jeroboam, the son of Nebat-F.B.Meyer

  The sins of Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin. 2 Kings xv. 9, 18, 24, 28. THIS chapter anticipates the final overthrow of the kingdom of the tribes. It describes the corruption and disorganization of the people which made them the easy prey of Assyria. One puppetR09;king after another was […]

The silver and gold he had dedicated-F.B.Meyer

  The silver and gold he had dedicated of all nations which he subdued. 2 Sam. viii. 11. DAVID might not build the temple, but he was bent on making provision for it. Indeed, Solomon had never been able to do as he did, unless his father had gathered these stores of gold and silver. […]

THE SIGN OF THE COVENANT-F.B.Meyer

  “I will make My covenant between Me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.” — Genesis 17:2. Three times over in Scripture Abraham is called “the friend of God.” In that moment of agony, when tidings came to King Jehoshaphat of the great heathen alliance which had been formed against him, he stood in […]

The seed of Israel separated themselves.-F.B.Meyer

  The seed of Israel separated themselves. Neh. ix. 2. THIS is the beginning of the true life. Turn to the story of creation, and you learn, first, that God divided the light from the darkness; next, the waters of the clouds from those on the earth; and next, the seas from the land. It […]

THE SECRET OF REST.-F.B.Meyer

  Will you take the yoke of God to-day? God’s will comes to us (first) by His Spirit, (second)by His Word, and (thirdly) by circumstances. And I think it is in circumstances that we are most tested. It is just there that we have to meet God, and just as in some electric light the […]

The Secret of Guidance-F.B.Meyer

  MANY CHILDREN of GOD are so deeply exercised on the matter of guidance that it may be helpful to give a few suggestions as to knowing the way in which our Father would have us walk, and the work He would have us do. The importance of the subject cannot be exaggerated; so much […]

The Secret of Christ’s Indwelling-F.B.Meyer

  It is meet that the largest church in the greatest Gentile city in the world should be dedicated to the Apostle Paul, for Gentiles are under a great obligation to him as the Apostle of the Gentiles. It is to him that we owe, under the Spirit of God, the unveiling of two great […]

The same time also did Libnah rebuild-F.B.Meyer

  The same time also did Libnah rebuild from under his hand. 2 Chron. xxi. 10. AS long as the kings of Judah remained true to their allegiance to God they were able to keep in subjection the surrounding nations; but just so soon as they revolted from God these peoples revolted from them. It […]

The Reciprocal Inheritance-F.B.Meyer

  THROUGHOUT the Old Testament there runs the double thought of our inheritance in God, and God’s in us. And, as we shall see, this two-fold aspect of one deep conception interpenetrates the heart of the apostle’s teaching in this Epistle (Psalm 16:5-6; Deuteronomy 32:9). INHERITANCE AND INHERITED. (Ephesians 1:14) In the opening paragraph of […]

The Prayer of Intercession-F.B.Meyer

  “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy.”–Phil. 1:3,4.The epistles of Paul are full of allusions to his prayers. We might almost call them his prayer book. Let us verify that assertion by turning to the epistles as they come […]

The Plan of Campaign-F.B.Meyer

  When Elijah left Zarephath, his mind was utterly destitute of any fixed plan of action. He knew that he must show himself to Ahab and than rain was not far away, for these were his definite marching orders: “Go, show thyself unto Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth” (1 Kings 18:1). […]

The places are holy, whereunto the-F.B.Meyer

  The places are holy, whereunto the Ark of God hath come. 2 Chron. viii. 11. ON this account Solomon said, My wife shall not dwell in the house of David, king of Israel. What a fatal admission! She was the daughter of Pharaoh, and therefore it was no doubt considered a splendid match for […]

The people have not separated themselves.-F.B.Meyer

  The people have not separated themselves. Ezra ix. 1. THIS was only too true! There had been, on the part of princes and rulers, gross intermarriage with the people of surrounding lands. The holy seed had become mixed and diluted. And it was the more sad that this should have taken place, when it […]

The Old Courage Again-F.B.Meyer

  In order to understand the striking episode before us, we must think ourselves out of this dispensation, the main characteristic of which is gentle mercy, and imagine ourselves back in the age that ended at Calvary. It is very important to have a right understanding of our times. We must not judge the past […]

THE NEW SALT AND LIGHT OF HUMAN SOCIETY-F.B.Meyer

  Matthew 5:10-16 We must expect to be persecuted, if we hold up the pure light of a consistent life amid the evils of the world. Men hate the light which exposes their misdeeds. They will tolerate you only so long as you leave them alone. But the universal testimony of those who have suffered […]

The Nature of Comfort-F.B.Meyer

  “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort” (2 Cor. 1:3). In God there is the mother-nature as well as the Fatherhood. All love was first in Him, ere it was lit up in human hearts. The fires that burn so […]

THE NATURAL MAN-F.B.Meyer

  If it were not that I believe in the Holy Ghost, I would almost shrink from speaking about the profound philosophy wherewith the apostle Paul deals with the self-life; but I believe that God’s Spirit will take my broken words and speak to each of you. Will you turn to 1Co_2:14 : “The natural […]

The month which he had devised-F.B.Meyer

  The month which he had devised of his own heart. 1 Kings xii. 33. JEROBOAM acted on expediency. It did seem reasonable to argue that the constant going up to Jerusalem to worship might alienate the people from his throne, and awaken a desire for the old national unity; and without doubt a mere […]

The money that cometh into any man’s heart to-F.B.Meyer

  The money that cometh into any man’s heart to bring into the house of the Lord. 2 Kings xii. 4. THE margin suggests that the thought of giving for God’s house would ascend in a man’s heart, till it became the royal and predominant thought, swaying the whole man to obedience. It is a […]

The men of Judah clave unto their King.-F.B.Meyer

  The men of Judah clave unto their King. 2 Sam. xx. 2. WE are reminded of the exhortation of the good Barnabas, that with purpose of heart the converts of Antioch should cleave unto the Lord. This is the test of a true faith. We often come to the dividing of the paths. We […]

The men of Judah came, and there-F.B.Meyer

  The men of Judah came, and there they annoited David king. 2 Sam. ii. 4. THUS was David anointed a second time. Hitherto he had been the leader of a troop; now he became king of his own tribe: and his kingdom clustered around the ancient city of Hebron. Typically, we learn that our […]

The Lord will not forsake his people-F.B.Meyer

  The Lord will not forsake his people for his great Name’s sake. 1 Sam. xii. 22. THE certainty of our salvation rests on the character of God. Moses, years before, had pleaded that God could not afford to destroy or forsake Israel, lest the Egyptians and others should have some ground for saying that […]

The Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus.-F.B.Meyer

  The Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus. Ezra i. 1. THERE were many rays focussed on this spot. In the first place, it bad been definitely foretold by Jeremiah that the captivity would only last for seventy years. In the next place, Daniel, having learned from comparison of dates that the allotted time […]

The Lord is able to give thee-F.B.Meyer

  The Lord is able to give thee much more than this. 2 Chron. xxv. 9. AMAZIAH had many good qualities, but he did not clearly see how impossible it was for Israel to be allied with Judah without invalidating the special Divine protection and care on which Judah had been taught to rely. We […]

The Lord had made them joyful, and turned-F.B.Meyer

  The Lord had made them joyful, and turned the heart of the King unto them. Ezra vi. 22. YES, the hearts of men are in the hands of God, and He can turn them whither He will. There are many instances of this in Scripture. God gave Joseph favour with Pharaoh; Moses with the […]

The Lord God, even my God, . . will not fail-F.B.Meyer

  The Lord God, even my God, . . will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. 1 Chron, xxviii. 20. IT is very comforting to take these words to our hearts; especially when we connect them with the foregoing ones about the pattern, and apply the whole passage to the temple building of our own […]

The Lord do that which seemeth Him good-F.B.Meyer

  The Lord do that which seemeth Him good. 2 Sam. x. 12. ISRAEL was arrayed against overwhelming odds. To human sight it must have appeared very improbable that Joab would be able to hold his own. However, he made the best arrangements he could; exhorted his men to be of good courage and do […]

THE LINE BY WHICH MESSIAH CAME-F.B.Meyer

  Matthew 1:1-17 The enumeration of our Lord’s ancestors, with its threefold division into fourteen generations and evident gaps, was probably so arranged to aid the memory. Notice that, in unison with the general purpose of the writer, the line is traced to Abraham through David the king. Of course we know that Joseph was […]

THE LIGHT BEGINS TO SHINE-F.B.Meyer

  Matthew 4:12-17 Our Lord’s earliest ministry seems to have been centered in Jerusalem and its contiguous villages. See John 2:1-25; John 3:1-36. But on the news of the Baptist’s imprisonment, He took up His testimony to the hearers of the heavenly kingdom, which is the reign of God over the hearts and lives of […]

The land of darkness and the shadow of death.-F.B.Meyer

  The land of darkness and the shadow of death. Job x. 21. THIS represented the highest thinking of that age about the future. There were gleams now and again of something more; but they were fitful and uncertain, soon overtaken by dark and sad forebodings. How different to our happy condition, for whom death […]

The king of terrors-F.B.Meyer

  The king of terrors. Job xviii. 14. S0 the ancients spoke of death. They were constantly pursued by the dread of the unknown. Every unpeopled or distant spot was the haunt and dwellingplace of evil and dreadful objects. But the grave, and the world beyond, were above all terrible, and death the King of […]

The King is near of kin to us.-F.B.Meyer

  The King is near of kin to us. 2 Sam. xix. 42. THERE are two derivations for the word king: one from the word can  the king is the man that can do things; the other from the word kin  the king is closely related to us, of our kith and kin. In either […]

The king held out to Esther the-F.B.Meyer

  The king held out to Esther the golden sceptre that was in his hand. Esther v. 2. WHAT a beautiful type this is for each of us in our approaches to God! For the repentant sinner.  You may have said with Esther, “I will go into the king’s presence, and if I perish, I […]

The king and all the people came weary-F.B.Meyer

  The king and all the people came weary, and refreshed themselves there. 2 Sam. xvi. 14. A GREAT weariness falls often on our souls. We are wearied because of the greatness of our way, and inclined to say there is no hope. Memory tires us, perpetually casting up the record of past unfaithfulness and […]

The joy of the Lord is your strength.-F.B.Meyer

  The joy of the Lord is your strength. Neh. viii. 10. “THE sad heart tires in a mile,” is a frequent proverb. What a difference there is between the energy of the healthy, joyous heart and the forced activity of the morbid and depressed one! The one leaps to its task, the other creeps […]

The Jews had rule over them that hated them.-F.B.Meyer

  The Jews had rule over them that hated them. Esther ix. 1. YES, my reader, a similar reversal awaits us in the near future! Now, the god of this world and his followers bear rule over us, and work their way with the servants of God. They butcher them like sheep, and scatter the […]

THE INFILLING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT-F.B.Meyer

  We have followed Christ in His ascension, as entering the presence of His Father. He asked and received from God the Holy Spirit. We have also seen how Christ made Christians. “Christ” means “anointed “; ” Christian” means “anointed one.” The words “chrism ” and “Christ” are identical in derivation. A man becomes truly […]

The Holy Spirit-F.B.Meyer

  THE Holy Spirit is the special promise of the Father, made to those who are one with his Son by a living faith. “Wait,” said our Lord, “for the promise of the Father, which ye heard from Me”; and immediately on his exaltation to the right hand of God He received the promise of […]

THE HOLE OF THE PIT-F.B.Meyer

  “The God of glory appeared unto our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran; and said unto him, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and come into the land which I shall show thee.” — Acts 7:2-3. “Look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, […]

The Hidings Of God-F.B.Meyer

  Isaiah 45:15 “Thou art a God that hidest Thyself,” the prophet Isaiah said, as he looked up from his study of the processes by which God was educating His people for their great destiny. Permitted an insight into the ways of God’s providence, he had beheld the rise and fall of dynasty and empire, […]

THE HERALD PREPARES THE WAY-F.B.Meyer

  Matthew 3:1-12 Matthew’s Gospel heralds the Kingdom. We are allowed to see and listen to the forerunner, whose voice again awoke the hearts of men with prophetic utterance after a silence of four hundred years. He leaps into the arena with the suddenness of Elijah. His message was twofold-the need for repentance and the […]

The Heavenly Places-F.B.Meyer

  IN HIS conversation with Nicodemus, while the night-breeze played over the sleeping city, coming and going as it would, our Lord spoke of Himself as being already in heaven. His bodily presence was evidently in the chamber of that house in Jerusalem, robed in the simple peasant garb which his mother had spun for […]

THE GREATEST TRIAL OF ALL-F.B.Meyer

  “Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest; and offer him for a burnt offering.” — Genesis 22:2. So long as men live in the world, they will turn to this story with unwaning interest. There is only one scene in history by which it is surpassed; that where the Great […]

THE GREATEST DIFFERENCE POSSIBLE IN YOUR LIFE.-F.B.Meyer

  There is where you have failed, my brother. You have been preaching the cross, but you have not been preaching the cross in the demonstration and power of the blessed Spirit. When I was at Leicester, there were many discharged prisoners whom I took from the prison gate to my house, where they lived […]

THE GREAT PHYSICIAN-F.B.Meyer

  Matthew 8:11-17 A feast was the Hebrew conception of heaven. The Jews thought they were secure of it, because of their descent from Abraham. Grace is not hereditary; to receive it, every man has to exercise a personal faith in Christ. Let us see to it that our religion is absolutely true, lest it […]

The good Lord pardon every one that prepareth-F.B.Meyer

  The good Lord pardon every one that prepareth his heart to seek God. 2 Chron. xxx. 18, 19. A VERY touching prayer, that opens up deep thoughts as to the progress of the true knowledge of God in Israel, and of the comparative value of heart preparation and ceremonial cleansing. Here were crowds of […]

The Fullness of the Spirit-F.B.Meyer

  “Be Filled with the Spirit. “-Ephesians 5 :18 NOTHING CAN COMPENSATE the Church, or the individual Christian, for the lack of the Holy Spirit. What the full stream is to the mill wheel, that the Holy Spirit is to the Church. What the principle of life is to the body, that the Holy Spirit […]

THE FIRST OF THE PILGRIM FATHERS-F.B.Meyer

  Genesis 12:4-9 “Abram departed” (Verse 4). “Abram passed through” (Verse 6). “Abram went forth” (Verse 5). “Abram removed” (Verse 8). “Abram journeyed” (Verse 9). “He went out, not knowing whither he went.” — Hebrews 11:8. All through the history of mankind there has been a little band of men, in a sacred and unbroken […]

THE FIRMNESS OF ABRAHAM’S FAITH-F.B.Meyer

  “He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God.” — Romans 4:20. In this chapter (Genesis 15), for the first time in Scripture, four striking phrases occur; but each of them is destined to be frequently repeated with many charming variations. We may speak […]

The fire came down from Heaven, and consumed-F.B.Meyer

  The fire came down from Heaven, and consumed the Burnt Offering. 2 Chron. vii. 1. IT was a very gracious and immediate response to the prayer of King and people. If we make room for God, He always comes and fills. If we seek Him, He is instantly with us. Directly the soul confesses, […]

The Father’s Wealth-F.B.Meyer

  THE Epistle to the Ephesians is full of the wealth of God’s nature. It is set to that master-chord struck centuries before by a temple minstrel, “Thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all those that call upon Thee.” The apostle struggles with the inadequacy of human language […]

The Father-F.B.Meyer

  WE NEED BOTH GRACE AND PEACE (Ephesians 1:2) Grace to help in our times of need; Peace to keep our heart and mind. The one as the blue vault of Heaven above us, with its smile of sun, and breath of air, and reviving rain; the other as the blue depths of the ocean, […]

The eye of their God was upon-F.B.Meyer

  The eye of their God was upon the elders of the Jews. Ezra v. 5. IT was a delightful thought amid obloquy and opposition, like that which the Jews were at this moment encountering, to know that God was watching them with jealous care. We are reminded of the words of the Psalmist, quoted […]

The Exhalted Christ (booklet)-F.B.Meyer

  I YIELD to the persuasion of my friend, the publisher, for the publication of these Addresses and Bible Readings, delivered in succeeding years at the Mildmay Conference, though, as I review them, they seem very like the five barley loaves and two small fish of the fisher-lad. Indulgence must also be asked for the […]

THE DIVINE SUMMONS-F.B.Meyer

  “Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto the land that I will show thee: and I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing.” Genesis 12:1-2. Whilst Abraham was living […]

THE DIVINE GUEST-F.B.Meyer

  “The LORD appeared unto Abraham in the plains of Mamre.” — Genesis 18:1. When, in the course of some royal progress, a Sovereign deigns to sojourn in the homestead of one of the subjects of his realm, the event becomes at once the theme of chroniclers, and the family selected for so high an […]

The deep saith, It is not in me: and the sea saith-F.B.Meyer

  The deep saith, It is not in me: and the sea saith, It is not with me. Job xxviii. 14 (R.V.). In this sublime chapter the holy soul goes in quest of wisdom, which is the perfect balance of the moral and intellectual attributes of the soul; that knowledge of God, and life, and […]

THE CURE FOR ANXIOUS CARE-F.B.Meyer

  Matthew 6:27-34 The Lord’s tone is gentle and tender when He turns to address the poor. He says three times over, Don’t be anxious. He never forgot that He sprang, according to His human nature, from the ranks of poverty. His references to patching garments, using old bottle-skins, the price of sparrows, and the […]

The Conflict on the Heights of Carmel-F.B.Meyer

  It is early morning upon Mount Carmel. We are standing on the highest point, looking northward to where Hermon, on the extreme borders of the land, rears its snowcapped head to heaven. Around us on the left lies the Mediterranean Sea, its deep blue waters flocked here and there by the sails of the […]

The Church-F.B.Meyer

No congregation, or set of congregations, can realize the sublime conception of the Church that rises before our vision in Ephesians. It is as if the apostle had been able to anticipate the glorious spectacle which John beheld in apocalyptic vision. Though he had founded more churches in the great cities of the Empire than […]

The Christian Armed-F.B.Meyer

  EACH Christian has to meet with the powers of hell, in his own life, and in his capacity as a soldier of the Gospel of Christ. It is with the latter aspect of the conflict that the apostle is specially concerned, in the last chapter of the Epistle we have been studying. We do […]

The Christ-Life -F.B.Meyer

  “Who will set me free from the body of this death?” (Romans 7:24) “What music there is in that wonderful phrase, saved by His life! By his life for us in heaven and in us by His Spirit.” F. B. Meyer’s sincere love for Christ is always captivating. “We stand in grace; we look […]

The children of Israel and the children-F.B.Meyer

  The children of Israel and the children of Levi shall bring the offering. Neh. x. 39. IT was about this time that Malachi wrote the memorable words, “Bring ye all the tithes into my storehouse, that there may be meat in my house; and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord, if I will […]

The Blessed Life (booklet)-F.B.Meyer

  There is a Christian life which, on comparison with that experienced by the majority of Christians, is as summer to winter, or, as the mature fruitfulness of a golden autumn to the struggling promise of a cold and late spring. And the blessedness of this blessed life lies in this: that we trust the […]

The Blessed Life-F.B.Meyer

  There is a Christian life which, on comparison with that experienced by the majority of Christians, is as summer to winter; or, as the mature fruitfulness of a golden autumn to the struggling promise of a cold and late spring. And the blessedness of this blessed life lies in this: that we trust the […]

THE BIRTH OF JESUS CHRIST-F.B.Meyer

  Matthew 1:18-25 The fear that Joseph, being a just man, might withdraw from their contemplated wedlock, would have filled Mary’s heart with untold anguish had she not been upheld by her faith in God. She felt that He was pledged to vindicate her character. Yield yourself to Him for His purposes and leave Him […]

The armies of the living God.-F.B.Meyer

  The armies of the living God. 1 Sam. xvii. 26, 36. THIS made all the difference between David and the rest of the camp. To Saul and his soldiers God was an absentee  a name, but little else. They believed that He had done great things for his people in the past, and that […]

THE ANOINTING WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT-F.B.Meyer

  like the steel rails; and you must have the steel rails of the Bible as well as the steam power of the Holy Ghost. Let the Holy Ghost fill you, but He will work along that Book. And I hold that the fact that the Holy Spirit elects to work through that Book is […]

The “Still Small Voice”-F.B.Meyer

  Refreshed by sleep and food, Elijah resumed his journey across the desert to Horeb. Perhaps no spot on earth is more associated with the manifested presence of God than that sacred mount. It was there the bush burned with fire, there the law was given, there Moses spent forty days and nights alone with […]

That the Lord may continue his word.-F.B.Meyer

  That the Lord may continue his word. 1 Kings ii. 4. HOW strongly David held to God’s promise! It was deeply graven in his soul. How could he forget the word which guaranteed the succession of his race upon the throne of Israel! At the same time be distinctly recognised that the fulfilment was […]

That he maintain the cause of his servant-F.B.Meyer

  That he maintain the cause of his servant, as every day shall require. 1 Kings viii. 59 (R.V.). THE marginal (R. V.) reading is, “The thing of a day in its day.” What rest would come into our lives, if we really believed that God maintained the cause of his servants! Men hate you, […]

That every man should bear rule in-F.B.Meyer

  That every man should bear rule in his own house. Esther 1. 22. ONE of the prerequisites in choosing a presiding officer in the early Church was that he should rule well his own house; “for if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the […]

TEMPTED BY THE DEVIL-F.B.Meyer

  Matthew 4:1-11 Then marks the close connection between the heavenly voice of the baptism and the fiery ordeal of the forty days. Notice that temptation is not in itself sin; only when the evil suggestions of the tempter are harbored do they become sin. Notice also that all around us is a dark region […]

Tempers, and What to do With Them-F.B.Meyer

  WHAT a shadow is cast over lives and homes by bad tempers! It is Sunday morning, God’s day of rest and peace, when the worry and rush of the world should be quiet, and the voices of newspaper boys and hawkers of small wares should be still. A family of little children is waiting […]

Talk ye of all His wondrous works.-F.B.Meyer

  Talk ye of all His wondrous works. 1 Chron. xvi. 9. WE do not talk sufficiently about God. Why it is so may not be easy to explain; but there seems a too great reticence among Christian people about the best things. In the days of Malachi, “they that feared the Lord spake often […]

Such as set their hearts to seek the Lord God-F.B.Meyer

  Such as set their hearts to seek the Lord God of Israel came to Jerusalem. 2 Chron. xi. 16. ALL the tribes were represented in those great convocations around the Temple and Ark of God. The territory of the northern tribes was now under Jeroboam; the gulf between the two kingdoms was marked and […]

So Saul died for his trespass.-F.B.Meyer

  So Saul died for his trespass. 1 Chron. x. 13 (R.V.). IT is suggestive to ponder the threefold analysis of Saul’s trespass as given here. He kept not the word of the Lord  this probably refers to his failure to execute the sentence on Amalck; he asked counsel of one that had a familiar […]

So I prayed to the God of Heaven.-F.B.Meyer

  So I prayed to the God of Heaven. Neh. ii. 4. ALL around the apartment in which this interview took place were effigies of idol gods: perhaps incense was burning before a shrine, and filling the air with its aroma. But Nehemiah, though standing amid these heathen emblems, and in the presence of the […]

So did not I, because of the fear of God.-F.B.Meyer

  So did not I, because of the fear of God. Neh. v. 15. THESE were great words. Nehemiah had a perfect right to take this money. Not a word could be said even by his critics, if he did. He was doing a priceless work, and might justly claim his maintenance. On the other […]

So Ahab went up to eat and drink. And Elijah-F.B.Meyer

  So Ahab went up to eat and drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel. 1 Kings xviii. 42. SUCH differences obtain still. The children of this world and the children of light are manifest. What though the bodies of four hundred and fifty prophets lay slain in the gorge of the […]

Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them-F.B.Meyer

  Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate the Lord? 2 Chron. xix. 2. THIS looks back to xviii. 1, where we learn that Jehoshaphat, though he had riches and honour in abundance, joined affinity with Ahab. Riches and abundance are dangerous things. They usually weaken our character, and incline us to […]

She came to prove Solomon with hard questions.-F.B.Meyer

  She came to prove Solomon with hard questions. 2 Chron. ix. 1. SHE came to the right place, for Solomon passed all the kings of the earth in wisdom; and all the kings of the earth sought his presence, to hear the wisdom that God had put into his heart. Bring your hard questions […]

Shall any teach God knowledge?-F.B.Meyer

  Shall any teach God knowledge? Job xxi. 22. WE cannot tell God anything He does not know already. The most fervent and full of our prayers simply unfold in word all that has been patent to his loving, pitying eye. This does not make prayer needless; on the contrary, it incites to prayer, since […]

SEVEN CONDITIONS-F.B.Meyer

  (1.) You must be Holy Ghost filled. Peter was filled thrice; once in the second chapter of Acts, and twice in the fourth chapter. He was a Holy Ghost filled man in character, and therefore he could count on the co-operation of the Spirit. (2.) You must be emptied. Peter was empty. He spent […]

SEPARATED FROM LOT-F.B.Meyer

  “Is not the whole land before thee? Separate thyself, I pray thee, from me. If thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or, if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left.” –Genesis 13:9. In our last, we saw something of the original […]

SELF-WILL SHOWS ITSELF IN VARIOUS FORMS.-F.B.Meyer

  “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these. Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like.” There you have the passion of the self–life in lust. “Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit are ye now made […]

Seeking the good of his people, and speaking-F.B.Meyer

  Seeking the good of his people, and speaking peace to all his seed. Esther x. 3 (R.V.). THIS epitaph on the life of a simple minded, truehearted man, might be yours also. Why should you not from this moment adopt these, twin characteristics? Go about the world seeking the good of people. It does […]

Matthew 7:13-23-F.B.Meyer

  Matthew 7:13-23 The world is full of shams. Counterfeit coins circulate; paste jewels are worn. Let us take heed against a counterfeit religion. It betrays itself thus: (1) It does not involve the denial of self. Our Lord compares this to entrance by a strait gate and walking on a narrow path. It is […]

SECRET GIVING AND SECRET PRAYING-F.B.Meyer

  Matthew 6:1-8 First we have the general proposition that righteousness, that is, one’s religious duties, should not be done for the sake of display; and that principle is then applied to alms, prayer, and fasting-the three departments into which the Jews divided personal religion. The words take heed in Matthew 6:1 are very searching! […]

Sealed with the king’s ring.-F.B.Meyer

  Sealed with the king’s ring. Esther viii. 8. IN chap. iii. 10 the king took the ring from his hand, and gave it to Haman. It is evident that he had resumed it from his chief officer’s finger before sending him to execution. It was now entrusted to Mordecai, because it gave validity to […]

Savorless Salt-F.B.Meyer

  No wonder that the common people hung on Christ’s words. He was a Master of the Art of Illustration, because he sought his emblems, not from remote corners of creation, or its recondite processes, but from the common incidents of ordinary human experience. Salt and light, birds and lilies, gates and roads, trees and […]

Saul and Jonathan were lovely-F.B.Meyer

  Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives. 2 Sam. i. 23. IT was very lovely and pleasant of David to say so. He had no hesitation, of course, in saying this of his beloved Jonathan, every memory of whom was very pleasant, like a sweet strain of music, or the scent […]

SALVATION FROM KNOWN SIN–BUT NOT FROM TEMPTATION.-F.B.Meyer

  Still, up to the limit of our light God can keep us from known sin. I will say that again: up to the limit of our light–twilight, morning, noon–up to the limit of our light God is able to keep us from all conscious and known sin. But He will not keep us from […]

Rising up betimes.-F.B.Meyer

  Rising up betimes. 2 Chron. xxxvi. 15. WHAT a touching and graphic phrase! How did God yearn over that sinful and rebellious city! Sending his messengers, “rising up betimes, and sending ”  like a man who has had a sleepless night of anxiety for his friend or child, and rises with the dawn to […]

REWARDS OF FAITH-F.B.Meyer

  Matthew 8:1-10 The Lord can touch thy heart, leprous with impurity, and make its stain depart, so that, as in the case of Naaman, its foulness shall become like unto the flesh of a little child. See 2 Kings 5:14. The psalmist cried, Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean, alluding to […]

Resting-Places -F.B.Meyer

  Life is not all climbing, fighting, toiling. There are sweet vales nestling among the gaunt hills, which invite us to come apart and rest awhile. In the darkest day there are some chinks of blue. On the steepest hills there are some level places. No life is without its pause, its landings, its interspaces […]

Rest in God’s Will-F.B.Meyer

  “…that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Rom. 12:2). But how may we know God’s will? That is not always easy. Yet the difficulty is not in Him. He does not wish us to grope painfully in the dark. Nay, He is ever giving us many […]

Remember the Lord.-F.B.Meyer

  Remember the Lord. Neh. iv. 14. IT was uncommonly good advice. Amid all the wise precautions taken by this man of sanctified commonR09;sense, he kept bringing the people back to God. God was amongst them. God would fight for them. God was going to bring the counsel of their enemies to nought. This would […]

Remember me, O my God!-F.B.Meyer

  Remember me, O my God! Neh. xiii. 14, 22, 31. THRICE in this chapter this humble man asks to be remembered. We cannot think that he expected to purchase God’s favour because of his sacrifices and endeavours. Of this he was already assured. But being a redeemed soul, he desired that his works might […]

REFRESHMENT BETWEEN THE BATTLES-F.B.Meyer

  “Four kings with five.” — Genesis 14:9. The strife recorded in Genesis 14 was no mere border foray. It was an expedition for chastisement and conquest. Chedorlaomer was the Attila, the Napoleon of his age. His capital city, Susa, lay across the desert, beyond the Tigris, in Elam. Years before Abraham had entered Canaan […]

Rain at Last!-F.B.Meyer

  We can, to a very inadequate degree, realize the horrors of an Eastern drought. And it would have been difficult in the parched land on which Elijah gazed from Carmel, to have recognized that garden of the Lord of which Moses said: “The LORD thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land […]

PURE EYES AND CLEAN SPEECH-F.B.Meyer

  Matthew 5:27-37 The legislation of the old time insisted that no member of the commonwealth should commit adultery, and enforced terrible penalties. See Deuteronomy 22:22-24. But the Divine Man, who reads the human heart with perfect accuracy, goes behind the deed to its premonitory stages, legislates about the look that may inflame passion, and […]

Princes of the Sanctuary.-F.B.Meyer

  Princes of the Sanctuary. 1 Chron. xxiv. 5 (R.V.). IT is not enough for us to be in the sanctuary, we must be princes there. There must be the regal mien, which is a meek humility; the real largesse, which is peace and blessing; and the regal might, which is self restraint and self […]

Prepare.-F.B.Meyer

  Prepare. 2 Chron. xxxv. 4, 6, 10, 14, 15, 16. NO great court function can be carried through successfully, without careful preparation. And Josiah’s passover was so vast and rare a success because of the large amount of previous preparation, as is described in this chapter. The priests and Levites were prepared by careful […]

Power-F.B.Meyer

  MAN longs for Power. The young man will give all he has for love; the older man counts no sacrifice too great for power. He who wields power is the idol of his fellows, even though, like the first Napoleon, he has won it at the cost of the suffering of myriads. We are […]

PLEADING FOR SODOM-F.B.Meyer

  “And Abraham stood yet before the Lord; and Abraham drew near.” — Genesis 18:22-23. As the day wore on, Abraham’s mysterious guests went off across the hills towards Sodom; and Abraham went with them to bring them on their way. But all three did not reach the guilty city, over which the thunder clouds […]

PARTNERSHIP WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT-F.B.Meyer

  The word “communion,” which the minister invokes upon the people as they leave, means fellowship, common action; and the minister stands before the people in the communion of the Holy Ghost, and the Holy Ghost demonstrates the word he feebly speaks. O, men of God, mind that you are always so filled with the […]

OUT OF EGYPT DID I CALL MY SON-F.B.Meyer

  Matthew 2:16-23 The death of those little children was very pathetic. From the first it seemed as though our Lord’s advent would bring not peace, but the sword. Their mothers have long since been comforted, but it was a bitter experience. The little ones were the nucleus of the great attendant crowd that follow […]

Our Walk-F.B.Meyer

  Our walk is a synonym for our life. Life is a walk from the cradle to the grave. Our steps emerge from the jewelled gates of birth, traverse rock and sand, enamelled meadow and difficult mountain steeps, and ultimately pass within the portal of death, which, though sombre enough when seen from afar, is […]

Our Riches in Christ Jesus -F.B.Meyer

  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him (Ephesians 1:3-4). F. B. Meyer describes these […]

Our Holidays-F.B.Meyer

  WE need to have a pause in the rush of our life, whether by the seaside, on the moor, or in the green nook of the country. As nature needs the repose of winter after the exhaustion of her autumn produce to recuperate herself for the coming spring, so do we need seasons in […]

Our days on the earth are as a shadow, and-F.B.Meyer

  Our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is no abiding. 1 Chron, xxix. 15. (R.V.). ALL life has been compared to the shadow of a smokeR09;wreath; a gesture in the invisible air; a hierR09;oglyph traced for an instant on the sand, and effaced a moment after by a breath of […]

Our Daily Homily – Titus-F.B.Meyer

  According to the faith of God’s elect, and the knowledge of the truth – Titus 1:1 These seem to have been the two guiding stars of the apostle’s life – faith and knowledge. Some are afraid of the conjunction. The men of faith are afraid of science, and the men of science often despise […]

Our Daily Homily – Ruth-F.B.Meyer

  Call me not Naomi, call me Mara – Ruth 1:20 So she spoke, as many have spoken since, not knowing that God’s ways are ways of pleasantness and all His paths peace, when they are not isolated from the plan of our life, but considered as parts of the whole. We cannot pronounce on […]

Our Daily Homily – Romans-F.B.Meyer

  Therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith – Romans 1:17 It is important to understand this verse, because it is the key to the Epistle. In the deepest sense, righteousness stands for two things–first, our standing before God; and next, our personal character–our position and our condition–what we are in […]

Our Daily Homily – Revelation-F.B.Meyer

  I am the first and the last – Revelation 1:11 It is true, O Son of God. Thou art! The First in order of Being, and last in the full completeness of Thy glory. First in respect of Time, for Thou art the everlasting Father – Father and Creator of the ages; and when […]

Our Daily Homily – Psalms Part 2-F.B.Meyer

  I will wash mine hands in innocency – Psalm 26:6 The Psalmist realized that he could not avail himself of all that was typified by the altar, unless, so far as he knew himself, he had washed his hands in innocency. But he also knew that the washing, to be effective, must be in […]

Our Daily Homily – Psalms-F.B.Meyer

  …his leaf also shall not wither – Psalm 1:3 “If a man abide not in Me,” said our Lord, “he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered.” The same thought is here. Thrust down your rootlets to the oozy river bed, and there is no doubt about your continuing earnest, patient, God-filled. […]

Our Daily Homily – Philippians-F.B.Meyer

  For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake – Philippians 1:29 The child of God is often called to suffer, because nothing will convince on-lookers of the reality and power of true religion as suffering will do, when […]

Our Daily Homily – Philemon-F.B.Meyer

  My very heart – Philemon 1:12 This fragment of ancient letter-writing gives us a model of the way in which our commonest or most prosaic dealings, and our letters, even on business matters, may breathe Christ’s spirit. It also illustrates the relation in which we stand to Jesus Christ. What Onesimus was to Paul […]

Our Daily Homily – Numbers-F.B.Meyer

  They declared their pedigrees – Numbers 1:18 It was not enough to be a true-born Israelite, a man must be able to show his descent. The genealogical tables were kept with the greatest care; and there was a holy pride in being able to vindicate the claim of having the blood of the patriarchs […]

Our Daily Homily – Nehemiah-F.B.Meyer

  I was the king’s cupbearer. Nehemiah 1:11 THE post was an important one. It gave its occupant the opportunity of coming into close contact with the king; it implied a character of unusual trustworthiness, since Oriental despots were very afraid of poison. But no one expected a royal cupbearer to do anything very heroic. […]

Our Daily Homily – Matthew-F.B.Meyer

  …for he shall save his people from their sins – Matthew 1:21 This is the mission of Immanuel. He came, not as the Jews expected, to break the yoke of Caesar and reestablish the kingdom of David; but to break the yoke of sin, and set up the sinless kingdom of God. The Church […]

Our Daily Homily – Mark-F.B.Meyer

  He was with the wild beasts, and the angels ministered unto him – Mark 1:13 In what different circumstances is the last Adam to the first! He began in a garden which the Lord God had planted; but his great Antitype in a wilderness, the thorns of which spoke of that primal sin. But […]

Our Daily Homily – Luke-F.B.Meyer

  Behold the handmaid of the Lord: be it unto me according to thy Word – Luke 1:38 The angel’s message meant, for this young, pure-hearted girl, a great deal of misunderstanding and reproach. It was inevitable that clouds would gather around her character, which would sorely perplex the good man to whom she was […]

Our Daily Homily – Leviticus-F.B.Meyer

  A sweet savor unto the Lord – Leviticus 1:9,13,17 How sweet the offering up of the Son was to the Father! “Christ also hath loved us, and hath given Himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savor” (Eph v.2) The burnt-offering was an imperfect type of His entire […]

Our Daily Homily – Judges-F.B.Meyer

  The Canaanites would dwell in that land – Judges 1:27 How persistent evil habits are! They have dwelt in our lives so long that they dislike being dislodged. Why should they quit their dwell-ing-place and go out into the void? Sometimes, at the beginning of our Christian life, we make a feeble effort against […]

Our Daily Homily – Jude-F.B.Meyer

  Keep yourselves in the love of God – Jude 1:21 There is a strong current running. If you keep in its main stream, it will bear you gently but irresistibly forward; but there are so many side-currents, that we must be very careful not to be swept out of it. You are in it […]

Our Daily Homily – Joshua-F.B.Meyer

  Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon – Joshua 1:3 All the land was given, but every inch of it had to be claimed. Israel had to put her foot down upon the land, whether wilderness or Lebanon, plain or hill, and say, “This is mine by the gift of […]

Our Daily Homily – John-F.B.Meyer

  Thou shall see greater things than these – John 1:50 God’s dealings with us are always on an ascending scale. If we see clearly the lowest rung in the heavenly ladder, whilst we behold, the veil of mist will part, and we shall see the next above it, and then the next, and, in […]

Our Daily Homily – Job Part 2-F.B.Meyer

  This is the portion of a wicked man from God. Job 20:29 REPEATEDLY in reading this book we are reminded of the strong convictions entertained by thoughtful men among these Eastern peoples, of the sure connection between wrong‑doing and its bitter penalty. The friends of the sufferer express their opinions in cold‑blooded and unfeeling […]

Our Daily Homily – Job-F.B.Meyer

  Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned and renounced God in their hearts. Job 1:5 (R.V.). TIMES of festivity are always full of temptation. The loins are relaxed, the girdle of the soul is loosed. Amid the general hilarity and the passing of the merry joke, words are said and thoughts […]

Our Daily Homily – James-F.B.Meyer

  Unspotted from the world – James 1:27 “The white flower of a blameless life!” The view of pure and undefiled religion presented in this definition was characteristic of James, surnamed the Just, who was revered even by the Jews for his austere piety, and whose vesture of simple white was emblematic of his stainless […]

Our Daily Homily – Hebrews-F.B.Meyer

  Thou art the same – Hebrews 1:12 Thou art the same, when contrasted with nature. – The solid bases of the hills were laid in their sockets by Thy hands. The blue tapestry of the sky was woven by Thy fingers; and it is as easy for Thee to lay it aside and substitute […]

Our Daily Homily – Genesis Part 2-F.B.Meyer

  How can I do this great wickedness and sin against God? – Genesis 39:9 What a contrast between this chapter and the former: that, like a Rembrandt background, throws up the bright colors of this. Where the older brother fell, the younger stood victoriously; and the light of God shone on the young heart, […]

Our Daily Homily – Genesis-F.B.Meyer

  The Angels who daily spread the table in the wilderness during the desert wanderings could hardly have had more pleasure in their work than I have had in preparing a daily meal for many of God’s children; and the response has been quite remarkable. From sick chambers, from souls in sore distress and perplexity, […]

Our Daily Homily – Galatians-F.B.Meyer

  But when it pleased God… To reveal his Son in me – Galatians 1:15,16 If you have truly believed in the Son of God, it is certain that He, by the Spirit, has taken up His abode in your heart. But perhaps He is hidden in the deeps of your nature, as the young […]

Our Daily Homily – Ezra-F.B.Meyer

  The Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus. Ezra 1:1 THERE were many rays focused on this spot. In the first place, it bad been definitely foretold by Jeremiah that the captivity would only last for seventy years. In the next place, Daniel, having learned from comparison of dates that the allotted time had […]

Our Daily Homily – Exodus-F.B.Meyer

  The more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied – Exodus 1:12 It was a very unequal struggle on which Pharaoh had entered; for he opposed not the Hebrews, but Jehovah. It is thus that the great ones of this world have ever spoken and acted. “Let us build a tower;” “Let us break […]

Our Daily Homily – Esther-F.B.Meyer

  That every man should bear rule in his own house. Esther 1:22 ONE of the pre‑requisites in choosing a presiding officer in the early Church was that he should rule well his own house; “for if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the Church […]

Our Daily Homily – Ephesians-F.B.Meyer

  Sealed with that holy Spirit of promise – Ephesians 1:13 Possessed.–The saints have been purchased at great cost by the precious blood of the Son of God. Not only their spirits, but their bodies, have been bought with an infinite expenditure. Is it not a wonderful thought that God should have thought it worth […]

Our Daily Homily – Deuteronomy-F.B.Meyer

  The Lord thy God bare thee – Deuteronomy 1:31 A safe carriage was that! In His love and in His pity God redeemed them, and bare them, and carried them all the days of old. When the little lad was tired and complained of his head, his father bade a servant carry him to […]

Our Daily Homily – Colossians-F.B.Meyer

  The riches of the glory of this mystery . . . which is Christ in you, the hope of glory – Colossians 1:27 The only son of a widow runs off to sea when quite a lad. She must needs work for her living, and takes lodgers in her little home. After years have […]

Our Daily Homily – Acts-F.B.Meyer

  Ye shall be witnesses unto me – Acts 1:8 How different this function, entrusted to the apostles, to that assumed by the self-styled priests of our time, who claim the power to repeat the sacrifice of Calvary, and to absolve the penitent from his sins! The Master did not say that His followers were […]

Our Daily Homily – 3 John-F.B.Meyer

  For the sake of the name they went forth – 3 John 1:7 The beloved elder is anxious about some travelling evangelists, who had gone forth to visit the churches; and is commending them to the care of Gaius. He was to set them forward in a manner that should be worthy of God. […]

Our Daily Homily – 2 Timothy-F.B.Meyer

  He is able to keep my deposit. . . . the good deposit, keep – 2 Timothy 1:12-14 There is a double deposit here, and the comparison comes out clear and marked in the Greek. When we give our most precious treasure into the custodianship of Jesus, He turns to honor us by entrusting […]

Our Daily Homily – 2 Thessalonians-F.B.Meyer

  That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you – 2 Thessalonians 1:12 Will you, dear Christian soul, enter into a solemn compact with the Holy Spirit that you will live for this as your supreme purpose, namely, to glorify the name (i.e., the character) of the Lord Jesus? This […]

Our Daily Homily – 2 Samuel-F.B.Meyer

  Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives. 2 Samuel 1:23 IT was very lovely and pleasant of David to say so. He had no hesitation, of course, in saying this of his beloved Jonathan, every memory of whom was very pleasant, like a sweet strain of music, or the scent of […]

Our Daily Homily – 2 Peter-F.B.Meyer

  An entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly – 2 Peter 1:11 There are two ways of entering a port. A ship may come in, waterlogged and crazy, just kept afloat by continual working at the pumps, or it may enter with every sail set, her pennon floating at the masthead. The latter is […]

Our Daily Homily – 2 Kings-F.B.Meyer

  Thou man of God! 2 Kings 1:9,11,13 OH that thou and I might so live before God and men, that they should recognize us as men of God, as God’s men! See how these ungodly captains at once recognized this, in the case of Elijah. They fretted and chafed against his holiness; but they […]

Our Daily Homily – 2 John-F.B.Meyer

  This is love, that we should walk after his commandments – 2 John 1:6 Here is a solution to many difficulties, and given so easily and naturally by this beloved elder to the elect lady and her children. He had been laying much emphasis on truth, and combining truth and love in an exquisite […]

Our Daily Homily – 2 Corinthians-F.B.Meyer

  Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort – 2 Corinthians 1:4 Child of God, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which tries thee, as though some strange thing had happened. Rejoice, inasmuch as it is a sure sign that thou art on the right track. […]

Our Daily Homily – 2 Chronicles-F.B.Meyer

  I will give thee riches. 2 Chronicles 1:11,12 SOLOMON had chosen wisdom and knowledge that he might honour God in the sight of his people. And in return God honored him, and supplemented his choice with abundant wealth. This reminds one of the constant teaching of Jesus. He who seeks his life loses it; […]

Our Daily Homily – 1 Timothy-F.B.Meyer

  Sinners, of whom I am chief – 1 Timothy 1:15 If the elephant can go safely over the swaying bridge, the horse and mule can; and the apostle seems to glory that in the very beginning of the progress of the Gospel through the world it had laid hold of and converted himself, because […]

Our Daily Homily – 1 Thessalonians-F.B.Meyer

  To wait for his Son from heaven – 1 Thessalonians 1:10 Oh blessed hope! Is it not wonderful that each of the chapters of this Epistle brims over with the glad anticipation of the Master’s quick return! We should never lose this spirit of eager longing and waiting. It hath the promise of the […]

Our Daily Homily – 1 Samuel-F.B.Meyer

  I have poured out my soul before the Lord – 1 Samuel 1:15 HANNAH’S soul was fall of complaint and grief, which flowed over into her face and made it sorrowful. But when she had poured out her soul before the Lord, emptying out all its bitterness, the peace of God took the place […]

Our Daily Homily – 1 Peter-F.B.Meyer

  An inheritance incorruptible and undefiled, and that fadeth not away – 1 Peter 1:4 Yes, it is an inheritance. It is a free gift, and yet we have a right to it. We do not ask for it-we were born into its blessed privilege. The child that lies in yonder cradle, over which the […]

Our Daily Homily – 1 Kings-F.B.Meyer

  As the Lord liveth, that hath redeemed my soul out of all distress. 1 Kings 1:29 “IN my distress I called on the Lord, and cried to my God.” Never let there be distress without its cry. He will hear your voice out of his temple, and your cry will come before Him even […]

Our Daily Homily – 1 John-F.B.Meyer

  If we say, . . . but if we walk – 1 John 1:6,7 In three marked passages, the beloved apostle guards against what men are apt to say, and indicates to them what it would be better for them to substitute in thought and speech. Men are apt to say that they have […]

Our Daily Homily – 1 Corinthians-F.B.Meyer

  Called unto the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord – 1 Corinthians 1:9 The word for fellowship is the same that is employed in Luke 5:10, of James and John being partners with Simon. We have been called into partnership with the Son of God, in His redemptive purposes, His love and […]

Our Daily Homily – 1 Chronicles-F.B.Meyer

  Adam, Sheth, Enosh. 1 Chronicles 1:1 THIS is an ancient graveyard. The names of past generations who were born and died, who loved and suffered, who stormed and fought through the world, are engraven on these solid slabs. But there is no inscription to record their worth or demerit. Just names, and nothing more. […]

Ordered to Zarephath-F.B.Meyer

  A friend of mine, spending a few days in the neighborhood of our English lakes, came upon the most beautiful shrubs he had ever seen. Arrested by their extraordinary luxuriance, he inquired the cause and learned that it was due to a judicious system of transplanting, constantly pursued. Whatever may be the effect of […]

OPENING WORKS OF MERCY AND POWER-F.B.Meyer

  Matthew 4:18-25 We must read the first chapter of John into the opening paragraph. Already the Lord had met with these first disciples in the Jordan valley; but they had returned to their homes and nets. Their prompt surrender was the result of the power over their hearts which the Master had already won. […]

OPENING WORDS OF GRACE AND TRUTH-F.B.Meyer

  Matthew 5:1-9 There are many doors into the life of blessedness. It does not depend on outward possessions, such as worldly goods or high birth. There is no soul of man, however illiterate, lonely, or poor, that may not step suddenly into this life of beatitude and begin to drink of the river that […]

On Falling in Love-F.B.Meyer

  No flirting, young people, please! You cannot flit around the flame without the risk of burning your wings; and remember, if these are lost, you cannot get another pair; you may be able to crawl or limp, but you will never again bask in the sunbeams or dance with merry-hearted glee in the shadows. […]

On Doing a Good Day’s Work-F.B.Meyer

  LONGFELLOW’S village blacksmith felt that “something accomplished, something done,” had earned a night’s repose; and f suppose that he did little else than shoe the farmers’ horses, or put new shares to their ploughs; yet he had the perpetual consciousness that he was doing something in the world, contributing to its well-being, performing a […]

On Being Straight-F.B.Meyer

  To be straight is to be true. There is no more important exhortation on the page of Scripture, than where the Apostle says, “Whatsoever things are true . . . think on these things.” A friend of mine, educated in one of our great English schools, says that the most formative words of his […]

Oh that one would give me drink of the water at-F.B.Meyer

  Oh that one would give me drink of the water at the well of Bethlehem! 1 Chron, xi. 17. DAVID had often drunk of this well. As a boy he had gone with his mother to draw its clear, cold water. It was, therefore, associated with the happy days of childhood and youth that […]

Oh that I were as in the months of old!-F.B.Meyer

  Oh that I were as in the months of old! Job xxix. 2 (R.V.). WE are irresistibly reminded of Cowper’s sad complaint: R09;R09; What peaceful hours I once enjoyed! How sweet their memory still; But they have left an aching void The world can never fill.” We are all prone to think that the […]

Obadiah — A Contrast-F.B.Meyer

  After many days the word of the Lord again summoned Elijah to be on the move. Months, and even years had passed in the retirement of Zarephath. The widow and her son had become bound to him by the most sacred ties. The humble home, with its loft and barrel of meal and cruse […]

O that I knew where I might find Him, that I-F.B.Meyer

  O that I knew where I might find Him, that I might come even to his seat! Job xxiii. 3. POOR tempest driven man, he knew not that God was intimately near, nearer than breathing. There was no need for him to go forward and backward, on the right hand or the left. The […]

Now the Lord my God hath given me-F.B.Meyer

  Now the Lord my God hath given me rest on every side. 1 Kings v. 4. GOD is the Rest Giver, When He surrounds us on every side with his protecting care, so that our life resembles one of the cities of the Netherlands in the great war  inaccessible to the foe because surrounded […]

Now on whom dost thou trust?-F.B.Meyer

  Now on whom dost thou trust? 2 Kings xviii. 20. IT was no small thing for Hezekiah to rebel against the proud king of Assyria. Hamath and Arpad, Samaria and Sepharvaim, Hena and Ivah, reduced to heaps of stones, were sufficient proofs of the might of his ruthless soldiers. How could Jerusalem hope to […]

Now mine eye seeth Thee: wherefore I abhor myself-F.B.Meyer

  Now mine eye seeth Thee: wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes. Job xiii. 5, 6. THIS is the clue to the entire book. Here is a man, who was universally known as perfect and upright, one that feared God, and eschewed evil; who abounded in beneficent and loving ministries to […]

NOT WORTH THE DEVIL’S WHILE-F.B.Meyer

  When the Spirit of God descended upon Christ He was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil–Spirit-filled, devil-tempted. You ask, why does God let us be tempted? I think it is to show where we are weak; that upon the temptation, as our stepping stone, we may reach […]

None saith, Where is God my Maker-F.B.Meyer

  None saith, Where is God my Maker, who giveth songs in the night? Job xxxv. 10. DO you have sleepless nights, tossing on the hot pillow, and watching for the first glint of dawn? Ask the Divine Spirit to enable you to fix your thoughts on God, your Maker, and believe that He can […]

NO DISTINCTION BETWEEN WHAT GOD APPOINTED AND WHAT GOD PERMITTED.-F.B.Meyer

  His permission and His appointments are equally His will. Job thought so, for though Satan blasted his prosperity he said: “The Lord hath taken away.” Joseph thought so, for he said: “It was not you that sent me down here, but God.” David thought so, because he said: “God hath let Shimei curse; let […]

NEW HEART RIGHTEOUSNESS-F.B.Meyer

  Matthew 5:17-26 Our Lord’s mission was not to destroy but to construct. As noon fulfils dawn, and summer, spring; as manhood fulfils childhood and the perfect picture, the rude sketch, so does Jesus gather up, realize and make possible the highest ideals ever inspired in human hearts or written by God’s Spirit on the […]

Neither will I offer burnt offerings . . . of that-F.B.Meyer

  Neither will I offer burnt offerings . . . of that which doth cost me nothing. 2 Sam. xxiv. 24. GOD’S love to us cost Him something. He spared not his own Son, and that Son spared not his blood. But how little our love to Him costs us! Let us understand that where […]

Naboth’s Vineyard-F.B.Meyer

  In a room of the palace, Ahab, king of Israel, lies upon his couch with his face toward the wall, refusing to eat. What has taken place? Has disaster befallen the royal arms? Have the priests of Baal been again massacred? Is his royal consort dead? No, the soldiers are still flushed with their […]

My righteousness I hold fast, and-F.B.Meyer

  My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let go. Job xxvii. 6. JOB had an ideal and clung to it. Have you such? A vision of what you may be, and, by the grace of God, will aim at being. Bishop Westcott says:  “The vision of the ideal guards monotony of work from […]

Mine integrity.-F.B.Meyer

  Mine integrity. Job xxxi. 6. INTEGRITY is from the Latin word integrita, wholeness. It means whole heartedness. It is interesting in this chapter to see what, in Job’s estimation, it involved. v.1. Purity in the look. v.7. Cleanliness of the hands. v.13. Thoughtfulness for domestic servants and underlings. v.16. Justice to the poor and […]

Men see not the bright light which-F.B.Meyer

  Men see not the bright light which is in the clouds. Job xxxvii. 21. THE world owes much of its beauty to cloudland. The unchanging blue of the Italian sky hardly compensates for the changefulness and glory of the clouds. Clouds also are the cisterns of the rain. Earth would become a wilderness apart […]

MELCHIZEDEC-F.B.Meyer

  “This Melchizedec, King of Salem, priest of the Most High God.” — Hebrews 7:1. Christ is here! The passage is fragrant with the ointment of His name. Our hands drop with myrrh, and our fingers with sweet-smelling myrrh, as we lay them upon the handles of this lock (Song of Solomon 6:5). Let us […]

Man in Christ-F.B.Meyer

  CHRIST is the ideal man. Once, in the course of the ages, the plant of human nature seemed to bear a perfect flower of stainless purity and ineffable loveliness. The black touch of the world’s sin could not befoul it. The storms that swept over it might strike it for a moment down to […]

MACHPELAH, AND ITS FIRST TENANT-F.B.Meyer

  “Give me a possession of a burying-place with you; that I may bury my dead out of my sight.” — Genesis 23:4. “And Abraham buried Sarah, his wife, in the cave of the field of Machpelah, before Mamre.” — Genesis 23:19. When Abraham came down the slopes of Mount Moriah, hand in hand with […]

Loving-kindness Better than Life-F.B.Meyer

  The holy apostle, whose earliest lessons of the love of God were conned as he leaned on the bosom of Christ, tells us, in words deep and simple as some translucent lake, that “we have known and believed the love that God hath to us.” They are wonderful words for mortals to utter. A […]

Love: On Our Side-F.B.Meyer

  IN ITS deepest sense love is the perquisite of Christianity. There is something like it, in germ, at least, outside the school of Christ; just as wild flowers on the hedgerows recall the rich splendour of the hothouse. But in all such there are flaws, traces of selfishness and passion, which prevent their realizing […]

Love: On God’s Side-F.B.Meyer

  GOD’S LOVE FLOWS TO US THROUGH THE CHANNEL OF THE BELOVED. (Ephesians 1:6) We must not think that the Father loves us because our Saviour interposed between his wrath and us, and made Him love us. To think this is heresy indeed. We cannot separate between the Father and the Son, for God is […]

Lord, there is none beside-F.B.Meyer

  Lord, there is none beside Thee to help. 2 Chron. xiv. 11 (R.V.) REMIND God of his entire responsibility.  “There is none beside thee to help.” The odds against Asa were enormous. There were a million of men in arms against him, beside three hundred chariots. It seemed impossible to hold his own against […]

Living The Life Of Jesus-F.B.Meyer

  As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me (John 6:57) An eastern prince was accustomed to retire for an hour every morning to a certain chamber in his palace, which was carefully reserved from every common eye, and […]

LITTERED WITH CASTAWAYS!-F.B.Meyer

  Let us then understand why men are cast away. I take the first case, that of Esau. He comes in from hunting. He is born to the birthright. The birthright includes the power of standing between God and the clan, speaking to God for men. He is famished. Yonder is the steaming mess of […]

Like unto the flesh of a little child.-F.B.Meyer

  Like unto the flesh of a little child. 2 Kings v. 14. IS there any fabric woven on the loom of time to be compared in perfect beauty to the flesh of a little child, on which, as yet, no scar or blemish can be traced? So sweet, so pure, so clean. It was […]

Like unto Josiah was there-F.B.Meyer

  Like unto Josiah was there no king before him. 2 Kings xxiii. 25. THIS chapter is a marvellous record of cleansing and purging. We are led from one item to another of drastic reform. Nothing was spared that savoured of idolatry. Priests and altars, buildings and groves, came under the searching scrutiny of this […]

Let us fetch the Ark of the Covenant of the Lord-F.B.Meyer

  Let us fetch the Ark of the Covenant of the Lord. 1 Sam. iv. 3. ISRAEL had been defeated with great loss. Their only hope of being able to hold their own against the Philistines and the people of the land was in the protection and help vouchsafed to them by God. They knew […]

Let us build with you.-F.B.Meyer

  Let us build with you. Ezra iv. 2. AT first the world does its best to intimidate the Church; then it asks to be permitted to join with it. A most subtle temptation this. The child of God is greatly inclined to yield; the proposal seems so harmless, and so likely to be a […]

Let us behave ourselves valiantly for our people-F.B.Meyer

  Let us behave ourselves valiantly for our people, and for the cities of our God. 1 Chron. xix. 13. THOSE were days in which rough soldiers, like Joab, did not hesitate to speak freely of God to their companions in arms. It is a sorry thing that it is considered a breach of etiquette […]

Let the shadow return backward ten degrees.-F.B.Meyer

  Let the shadow return backward ten degrees. 2 Kings xx. 10. IT is impossible for us to understand how this could be. The shadow of the declining day waxes ever longer, and only a miracle could change its appearance on the dial. It may suggest some significant thoughts about shadows that may still go […]

Largeness of heart.-F.B.Meyer

  Largeness of heart. 1 Kings iv. 29. WE must all admit that our soul is too narrow. It holds too little, knows too little, is deficient in will power, and, above all, in capacity of love; and when we are called to run in the way of God’s commandments, we break down in despair, […]

Knowest thou?-F.B.Meyer

  Knowest thou? Job xxxix. 1. THE catechism of this chapter is designed to convince man of his ignorance. How little he knows of nature! Even though centuries of investigation and research have passed, there are still many questions which baffle us. And if we know so little of tile Creator’s handiwork, how much less […]

King Ahaz sent to Urijah the fashion of the-F.B.Meyer

  King Ahaz sent to Urijah the fashion of the alter and the pattern of it. 2 Kings xvi. 10. THE fashion of this world passeth away like a fleeting dream; or like the panorama of clouds that constitutes a pavilion of the setting sun, but which, whilst we gaze, tumbles into a mass of […]

Justification by Faith-F.B.Meyer

  For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness” (Romans 4:2-3). “Though justification costs us nothing but the sacrifice of our pride, it has cost Christ His blood,” as […]

JUDGING SELF ASKING GOD SERVING OTHERS-F.B.Meyer

  Matthew 7:1-12 There is abundant need for a right and sound judgment, illumined by the Spirit of truth; but there is a world of difference between it and the censorious and critical opinions which we are apt to form and utter about others. Human nature is fond of climbing up into the judgment seat […]

Jotham became mighty, because he-F.B.Meyer

  Jotham became mighty, because he ordered his ways. 2 Chron. xxvii. 6 (R.V.). THERE is a lower sense in which this holds good in daily and business life. You can hardly imagine a really successful man being untidy and disorderly. Method is the law of success; and a truly holy soul is sure to […]

Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned-F.B.Meyer

  Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned and renounced God in their hearts. Job i. 5 (R.V.). TIMES of festivity are always full of temptation. The loins are relaxed, the girdle of the soul is loosed. Amid the general hilarity and the passing of the merry joke, words are said and […]

Job opened his mouth, and cursed his day.-F.B.Meyer

  Job opened his mouth, and cursed his day. Job iii. 1. THAT is, the day of his birth. Probably there have been hours in the majority of lives in which men have wished that they had never been born. When they have stood beside the wreck of all earthly hope, or entered the garden […]

It went evil with his house-F.B.Meyer

  It went evil with his house. 1 Chron. vii. 23. IT is an old world tale, and those tears have long since been wiped away. What led to the death of so many of the stalwart sons of Ephraim is not quite clear; but apparently they made a raid from the hill fastnesses on […]

It was not found-F.B.Meyer

  It was not found. Neh. vii. 64. CERTAIN claimed the maintenance of the priests, and were challenged to show their name in the register of the priestly line. In all likelihood they were descended from the sons of Aaron, but through marriage outside the priestly clan, and through the fact also of the name […]

Is it peace, Jehu? And he answered-F.B.Meyer

  Is it peace, Jehu? And he answered, What peace? 2 Kings ix. 22. WE all want peace. Of every telegraph messenger, as he puts the buffR09;coloured envelope into our hands, we ask almost instinctively, Is it peace? If there is a rumour of war, a depression in trade, a bad harvest, a sudden calamity […]

Intimate Communion with Christ-F.B.Meyer

  We may know Him personally, intimately, face to face. Christ does not live back in the centuries, nor amid the clouds of heaven: He is near us, with us, compassing our path and our lying down, and acquainted with all our ways. But we cannot know Him in this mortal life except through the […]

Indwelling of Christ -F.B.Meyer

  God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so […]

In the Secret of His Presence-F.B.Meyer

  IN ONE SENSE God is always near us. He is not an Absentee, needing to be brought down from the heavens or up from the deep. He is nigh at hand. His Being pervades all being. Every world, that floats like an islet in the ocean of space, is filled with signs of His […]

In the plain of Jordan did-F.B.Meyer

  In the plain of Jordan did the king cast them. 1 Kings vii. 46. THE Apostle tells us to obey from the heart that mould or form of doctrine to which we were delivered (Rom. vi. 17). What a mould is to the metal which is wrought into various forms of utensils, that the […]

In Him-F.B.Meyer

  THE sponge, as it expands in its native seas, is in the clear warm water; and the water is in it. Thus there is a double In-ness between the Lord and the soul that loves Him. He is in the believer, as the sap is in the vine, and the spirit of energetic life […]

If thou wert pure and upright, surely now-F.B.Meyer

  If thou wert pure and upright, surely now he would awake for thee. Job viii. 6. SO Bildad spoke, suggesting that Job was not pure and upright, since God did not appear to deliver him. The premises from which he argued were that God always delivers and prospers pure and upright men, and that […]

If thou return to the Almighty.-F.B.Meyer

  If thou return to the Almighty. Job xxii. 23. THESE words introduce a most exquisite picture of the blessings consequent on return to God. They do not fit the case of Job, to whom they were addressed, because he had not left God; and they sound strange as coming from the mouth of Eliphaz. […]

If there be with him a messenger-F.B.Meyer

  If there be with him a messenger, an interpreter. Job xxxiii. 23. GOD is greater than man, and by his love seeks to hold man back from his purpose. Sometimes He comes in the visions of the night; sometimes in pain and sickness. But we are too dull to understand the inner reason of […]

I will give thee riches.-F.B.Meyer

  I will give thee riches. 2 Chron. 1. 11, 12. SOLOMON had chosen wisdom and knowledge that he might honour God in the sight of his people. And in return God honoured him, and supplemented his choice with abundant wealth. This reminds one of the constant teaching of Jesus. He who seeks his life […]

I was the king’s cupbearer.-F.B.Meyer

  I was the king’s cupbearer. Neh. i. 11. THE post was an important one. It gave its occupant the opportunity of coming into close contact with the king; it implied a character of unusual trustworthiness, since Oriental despots were very afraid of poison. But no one expected a royal cupbearer to do anything very […]

I was strengthened, as the hand of-F.B.Meyer

  I was strengthened, as the hand of the Lord my God was upon me. Ezra vii. 28. IT was no small work that the good Ezra had undertaken. To lead a great expedition across the inhospitable desert; to convoy the sacred vessels and a large treasure of gold and silver; to set magistrates and […]

I was at ease, and He brake me asunder.-F.B.Meyer

  I was at ease, and He brake me asunder. Job xvi. 12 (R.V.). THE other day, it was the Lord’s Day morning, two sparrows fell from the leads of my church into the vestry, which has a lofty glass skylight. As soon as they had recovered from their astonishment at finding themselves prisoners, they […]

I know that my Redeemer liveth.-F.B.Meyer

  I know that my Redeemer liveth. Job xix. 25. THOSE words express the deepest and most radiant conviction of believing hearts. “He lives, the great Redeemer lives!” Man did his worst; the nail, the cross, the spear, were bitter; but He liveth! Death stood over Him as a vanquished foe; but He liveth! Captain […]

I have poured out my soul before the Lord-F.B.Meyer

  I have poured out my soul before the Lord.1 Sam. i. 15. HANNAH’S soul was fall of complaint and grief, which flowed over into her face and made it sorrowful. But when she had poured out her soul before the Lord, emptying out all its bitterness, the peace of God took the place of […]

I have hallowed this house-F.B.Meyer

  I have hallowed this house which thou hast built. 1 Kings ix. 3. MAN builds; God hallows. This cooperation between man and God pervades all life. Man performs the outward and mechanical; God the inward and spiritual. Paul plants, Apollos waters; but God gives the increase. We elaborate our sermons and addresses, building them […]

I have found the book of the law in the-F.B.Meyer

  I have found the book of the law in the house of the Lord. 2 Chon. xxxiv. 15, 18. IT is supposed that this was the Book of Deuteronomy; though we have no sympathy whatever with a modern notion with respect to its discovery. In our judgment that book is rightly ascribed to Moses. […]

I have commanded the ravens . .-F.B.Meyer

  I have commanded the ravens . . . a widow women . . . there. 1 Kings xvii. 4, 9. WE must be where God desires.  Elijah spoke of himself as always standing before the Lord God of Israel. He deemed himself as much a courtier in the royal palace as Gabriel (Luke i. […]

I have also given thee that which-F.B.Meyer

  I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked. 1 Kings iii. 13. THE understanding heart was Solomon’s supreme request, and it was given him before the morning light had broken over Jerusalem. But God did exceeding abundantly beyond what he asked or thought. Riches and honour, victory and long life, were […]

I hate him; for he never prophesied-F.B.Meyer

  I hate him; for he never prophesied good unto me, but always evil. 2 Chron. xviii. 7. THIS was a very naive confession. Of course, Micaiah could not speak good of Ahab, whose life was diametrically opposed to all that was God like and holy. Micaiah had no animosity towards the king of lsrael; […]

I forced myself, therefore, and offered-F.B.Meyer

  I forced myself, therefore, and offered a burnt offering. Sam. xiii. 12. THIS was wholly outside Saul’s province. Samuel had engaged to arrive within the seven days: they had nearly expired, and still there were no signs of the prophet; and Saul, yielding to the promptings of his impetuous nature, took the matter into […]

I cry unto Thee, and Thou dost-F.B.Meyer

  I cry unto Thee, and Thou dost not answer me. Job xxx. 20 (R.V.). IT may have seemed so to the sufferer; but there is not a cry that goes from the anguished soul which does not ring a bell in the very heart of God, where the Man of Sorrows waits, touched with […]

I am sent to thee with heavy tidings-F.B.Meyer

  I am sent to thee with heavy tidings. 1 Kings xiv. 5. HOW foolish! Jeroboam thought that the old prophet could penetrate the vail that hid the future, but not the disguise in which his wife wished to conceal herself. As we might have expected, the aged prophet’s inner sight read her heart. From […]

I am of small account; what shall I-F.b.Meyer

  I am of small account; what shall I answer Thee? I lay mine hand upon my mouth. Job xl. 4. WHAT a different tone is here! This is be who so vehemently protested his innocence, and defended himself against the attacks of his accusers. The Master is come, and the servant who had contended […]

I am doing a great work, so that-F.B.Meyer

  I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down. Neh. vi. 3. IT was a sublime answer. Below was the Plain of Ono, where Nehemiah’s foes awaited him. Let him once descend into it and he would become their easy prey; but he withstood their fourR09;fold solicitation by considering the greatness […]

HOW TO TAKE-F.B.Meyer

  Because John says that of His fulness we have all received, and Paul says that they which receive abundance of life shall reign. RECEIVE. Do you know how to receive? You say: “Sir, I suppose you mean, I need to pray.” No, sir, I do not mean that. You have been praying long enough. […]

How to Spend Sunday-F.B.Meyer

  “A Sabbath well spent brings a week of content.” So the old couplet runs, but the difficulty lies in how to spend Sunday well. Too many seem only proficient in the art of how not to do it. Now I feel able to give some advice on this matter, as the Sundays of my […]

HOW TO PRAY AND HOW TO FAST-F.B.Meyer

  Matthew 6:9-18 This might more fitly be termed thedisciples prayer. As we tread its stately aisles, we cannot but think of the myriads who have stood on the same pavement, and have found, in every age, that these seven brief petitions express sufficiently their deepest and holiest longings. Old men and little children, Roman […]

How to Bear Sorrow-F.B.Meyer

  YOU ARE PASSING THROUGH a time of deep sorrow. The love on which you were trusting has suddenly failed you, and dried up like a brook in the desert now a dwindling stream, then shallow pools, and at last drought. You are always listening for footsteps that do not come, waiting for a word […]

How then can man be just with God?-F.B.Meyer

  How then can man be just with God? Job xxv. 4 (R.V.). THIS is the question of the ages. Man knows that he is as a worm, and worse. For no animal, however humble, has consciously and determinedly broken the law of God, and defiled its nature. Our first effort is to go about […]

How the Mighty Fell!-F.B.Meyer

  Amid the drenching storm with which the memorable day of the convocation closed in, the king and the prophet reached Jezreel. Probably they were the first to bring tidings of what had occurred. Elijah went to some humble lodging for shelter and food, while Ahab repaired to the palace, where Jezebel awaited him. All […]

How small a whisper do we hear of Him!-F.B.Meyer

  How small a whisper do we hear of Him! Job xxvi. 14 (R.V.). JOB in thought passes through the universe. Sheol stands for the grave and the unseen world; Abaddon, for Satan, or for the great reservoirs in which the destructive agencies of creation have their home. With a marvellous anticipation of the conclusions […]

HOW MAY WE GET THIS ANOINTING?-F.B.Meyer

  Now a step further. You say to me: “Sir, tell me how I may get this power myself.” I will. I know a little of it, thank God, and I hope as the years pass that I may know more and more. This truth has revolutionized my life. Any mechanic knows this law to […]

HOW GET RID OF THE SELF, LIFE?-F.B.Meyer

  I will show you. There are three steps: the cross, the Spirit, the contemplation of the risen Christ. May we take them now; may the Spirit of God reveal to each one this blessed secret! First, the cross. Now understand that I hold that on the cross Jesus Christ offered a substitutionary sacrifice for […]

His wives turned away his heart.-F.B.Meyer

  His wives turned away his heart. 1 Kings xi, 4. EVERY man is vulnerable at one point of his character. Strong everywhere else, and armourR09;plated, he is weak there; and our great enemy knows just where to strike home. It would have been useless to argue with Solomon for the claims of idols. He […]

His mother made him a little coat-F.B.Meyer

  His mother made him a little coat.1 Sam. ii. 19. WHAT happy work it was! Those nimble fingers flew along the seams, because love inspired them. All her woman’s art and wit were put into the garment, her one idea and ambition being to make something which should be not only useful, but becoming. […]

His heart was lifted up in the-F.B.Meyer

  His heart was lifted up in the ways of the Lord. 2 Chron. xvii. 6. SURSUM corda! Lift up your hearts! How beautiful is this ejaculation in the Communion Service of the Church of England, and the response, “We lift them up unto the Lord.” I never hear it without the thrill of a […]

His eyes were enlightened-F.B.Meyer

  His eyes were enlightened. 1 Sam. xiv. 27. THE Philistines were in full flight. The Israelites followed hard at their heels through the wood. It was there that the honey dropped in rich abundance on the ground, and there Jonathan tasted a little, dipping the end of his rod into it. It made all […]

Hid in the House of God-F.B.Meyer

  Hid in the House of God. 2 Chron. xxii. 12. SAFE from Athaliah, who would have ruthlessly destroyed him if she had had an inkling of his existence, the Young Joash was reared beneath the care of Jehoiada and his wife within the precincts of the house of God. He was hidden in the […]

Hezekiah the king, and the prophet Isaiah-F.B.Meyer

  Hezekiah the king, and the prophet Isaiah, prayed and cryed to heaven. 2 Chron. xxxii. 20. IT was the indignity done to Jehovah that stirred these two holy men to the heart. Not that their lives, and the lives of their people, and the beautiful holy city, were in danger; but that Sennacherib spake […]

Here am I, let Him do to me as-F.B.Meyer

  Here am I, let Him do to me as seemth good unto Him. 2 Sam. xv. 26. THERE is the patience of hope. We love to gird ourselves in the vehemence of our self will, to go where we choose, to rule the lives of others; but as the years pass and our pride […]

Heman the singer.-F.B.Meyer

  Heman the singer. 1 Chron. vi. 33. THIS is a very brief record to put on a man’s grave, but a very expressive one. To decipher that epitaph about Heman is to learn a good deal about him. From this clue we might almost construct his entire personality and character. And it would be […]

HEART REST-F.B.Meyer

  I have left out of my addresses a great many themes, such as justification, and adoption, and inspiration, and the second premillenial advent, all of which I steadfastly hold. I have tried to hold up to you the doctrines of the inner life, not the objective,. but the subjective, side of Christianity. But in […]

He Will Save-F.B.Meyer

  “Thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21). Your foes may be numerous as the devils in hell, strong and wily; but He will save. Your temperament may be as susceptible to temptation as an aspen-leaf is to the wind; but He will save. Your […]

He was marvellously helped-F.B.Meyer

  He was marvellously helped, till he was strong. 2 Chron. xxvi. 15, 16. GREAT and marvellous are thy works, O God; that our soul knoweth quite well. Thou hast showed marvellous lovingkindness. We must sing to Thee; for Thou hast done marvellous things. lt is marvelous that Thou shouldst have set thy love upon […]

He smote thrice and stayed.-F.B.Meyer

  He smote thrice and stayed. 2 Kings xiii. 18. A STRIKING spectacle. The dying prophet, with his thin hands on the muscular hands of the young king, as he shoots his arrow through the eastern window; the exhortation to smite the remaining arrows on the ground; the bitter chiding that the king had struck […]

He set up the pillars before the Temple, . . .-F.B.Meyer

  He set up the pillars before the Temple, . . . Jachin and Boaz. 2 Chron. iii. 17. THE meaning of these names is significant  He shall establish, and In it is strength. Each speaks of Him of whom the whole temple was a type. The Lord Jesus has established the work of redemption […]

He Sees It First-F.B.Meyer

  “And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice” (John 10:4). Whatever awaits us is encountered first by Him–each difficulty and complication; each wild beast or wilder robber; each yawning chasm or precipitous path. Faith’s eye can always discern His majestic […]

He said to Abiathar the priest,-F.B.Meyer

  He said to Abiathar the priest, Bring hither the ephod. 1 Sam. xxiii. 9. DAVID was passing through one of the most awful experiences of his life, when his men spoke of stoning him instead of taking up his cause. How many times in this chapter we are informed that David inquired of the […]

He put garrisons in Edom; and all the Edomites-F.B.Meyer

  He put garrisons in Edom; and all the Edomites became servants to David. 1 Chron. xviii. 73. EDOM and Israel were closely related, but there was constant rivalry and war between the two peoples. Sometimes Israel held the upper hand for a little; but Edom soon broke loose again, and resumed the old independence, […]

HE OBEYED-F.B.Meyer

  “By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed.” — Hebrews 11:8. Ah, how much there is in those two words! Blessedness in heart, and home, and life; fulfilled promises; mighty opportunities of good — lie along the narrow, thorn-set path […]

He maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth-F.B.Meyer

  He maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth and his hands make whole. Job v. 18. HAS this been your experience lately? Have you been made sore by the heavy scourge of pain, and wounded by the nails of the cross? Do not look at second causes. Men may have been the instruments, but […]

He giveth quietness.-F.B.Meyer

  He giveth quietness. Job xxxiv. 29. QUIETNESS amid the accusations of Satan.  The great accuser points to the stains of our past lives, by which we have defiled our robes and those of others; he says that we shall fall again and again; he imputes evil motives to our holiest actions, and detects flaws […]

He Gives, and Gives Again-F.B.Meyer

  “But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him” (Luke 15:20). What a blessing it was for the prodigal that he did not meet his elder brother before his father! Had the two, by any sad mischance, […]

He did it with all his heart-F.B.Meyer

  He did it with all his heart and prospered. 2 Chron. xxxi. 21. THE man who does his business with all his heart, is sure to prosper. To put your heart into your work is like genius manipulating common materials, till their worth becomes priceless, just because of what has been put into it. […]

He did evil, because he prepared not his heart-F.B.Meyer

  He did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the Lord. 2 Chron, xii. 14. IN the margin of the A.V. for prepared the alternative rendering fixed is suggested. The R.V. gives set, “he set not his heart to seek the Lord.” This is very true of all of us. Before temptation […]

He carried out thence all the treasures-F.B.Meyer

  He carried out thence all the treasures of the House of the Lord. 2 Kings xxiv. 13. AMONGST these deported treasures must have been much of the sacred furniture of the Temple, and the holy vessels; because, in the days of Belshazzar, find them brought out to grace the royal banquet. BeIshazzar drank wine […]

He appointed singers unto the Lord, that should-F.B.Meyer

  He appointed singers unto the Lord, that should praise the beauty of holiness. 2 Chron. xx. 21. DOST thou praise the beauty of holiness? Is holiness beautiful to thee? Art thou in love with it as it is presented in the glorious Lord? Canst thou turn from the noise and anxiety of life’s battle […]

HAGAR, THE SLAVE GIRL-F.B.Meyer

  “Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had a handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar.” — Genesis 16:1. We none of us know all that is involved when we tear ourselves from the familiar scenes of our Harans to follow God into the lands of separation which lie beyond the river. The separated life cannot be […]

HAGAR AND ISHMAEL CAST OUT-F.B.Meyer

  “Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir… with Isaac.” — Genesis 21:10. Even though we were hearing this story for the first time, and did not know of the grave crisis to which we were approaching in the next chapter, we might be sure […]

Hadassah, that is, Esther.-F.B.Meyer

  Hadassah, that is, Esther. Esther ii. 7. THROUGH this one girlR09;life God was about to save his people, though He was all the while hidden from view. The peculiarity of this book is that there is no mention of the name of God; but there is no book in the Bible more full of […]

GONE DOWN INTO EGYPT-F.B.Meyer

  “Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land [of Canaan].” — Genesis 12:10. The path of the separated man can never be an easy one. He must be willing to stand alone; to go outside the camp; and to forego the aid of many of those […]

GOD RULES AND OVERRULES-F.B.Meyer

  Matthew 2:9-15 The suggestion has been hazarded that the star was an unusual combination of three planets; but this would conflict with the disappearance and reappearance of the guiding light. Some experiences during the Welsh Revival seem to point to a connection between high spiritual experiences and a burning glory. Probably only the eyes […]

GATHERED TO HIS PEOPLE-F.B.Meyer

  “These are the days of the years of Abraham’s life which he lived; an hundred, threescore, and fifteen years. Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people.” — Genesis 25:8. No human name can vie with […]

FOUR CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CARNAL LIFE.-F.B.Meyer

  Now the carnal life is a babe life. What is sweeter than a babe? So beautiful, so wee, one can take the child so close to oneself. But what is tender and beautiful in a babe for a few months is terrible at the end of twelve months, or ten years. And what is […]

Forasmuch as thou hast been disobedient, . . .-F.B.Meyer

  Forasmuch as thou hast been disobedient, . . . but camest back. 1 Kings xiii. 21, 22 (R.V.). WE are inclined at first sight to pity this unknown prophet, and to justify his return; but as we look closer into the story, we not only discover the reason for the severe penalty that overtook […]

For the courses of the doorkeepers.-F.B.Meyer

  For the courses of the doorkeepers. 1 Chron. xxvi. I (R.V.). MIGHTY men of valour were needed for this, just as sweet singers were for the service of song. Entrance to the House of God was restricted to a privileged few. Gentiles were excluded from certain courts, and women from another. It was incumbent […]

For it was brought about of God.-F.B.Meyer

  For it was brought about of God. 2 Chron. x. 15 (R.V.). THIS revolt must have seemed to be the result of an unfortunate mistake on the part of the illR09;advised young king. He and the young men that gathered around him thought that the best way of ruling people was by showing a […]

FIVE CONDITIONS-F.B.Meyer

  First. You cannot have the power of the Holy Ghost without having the Holy Ghost Himself. That is, the Holy Ghost must come to you as a person before you can enjoy His attribute. In other words, you must be a holy man before you can wield the power of the Holy Ghost. There […]

FIRST. YOU MUST TAKE HIS YOKE.-F.B.Meyer

  Now, at first sight it appears ridiculous that those who labor and are heavy laden should find rest by having the imposition of a new yoke or burden, however light. He says: “My yoke is easy, My burden is light.” But then, even an easy yoke with a light burden imposed on laboring and […]

Filled-F.B.Meyer

  IT IS said of Abraham that he died in a good old age, an old man, and full. It is a beautiful conception; as though all his nature had reached its complete satisfaction, and he could desire and receive nothing more. The Psalmist, too, sings of fulfilled desire; and Mary tells how God filled […]

Faith -F.B.Meyer

  Without becoming weak in faith he contemplated his own body, now as good as dead since he was about a hundred years old, and the deadness of Sarah’s womb; yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God, and being […]

Fact! Faith! Feeling!-F.B.Meyer

  These three words stand for three most important factors in character and life. We all have to do with them in one form or another, but it is above all things necessary that we should place them in the right order. Most people try to put Feeling first, with as much success as if […]

F.B. Meyer Quotes-F.B.Meyer

  Tears are the material out of which heaven weaves its brightest rainbow. Jesus Christ has bought us with His blood, but, alas, He has not had His money’s worth! He paid for ALL, and He has had but a fragment of our energy, time and earnings. By an act of consecration, let us ask […]

Exaggeration-F.B.Meyer

  BENEATH all exaggeration there is a basis of truth. When an American said that the whey which flowed from the making of a large cheese in his country was sufficient to run three sawmills; and when another affirmed that the soil of his farm was so prolific that the tendrils of the vine which […]

Every one over against his house.-F.B.Meyer

  Every one over against his house. Neh. iii. 28. THIS is the way to deal with the evil of this world. We are all fonder of starting schemes, forming committees, and discussing methods of work, than in setting definitely to work for ourselves. There is a lack of definiteness, and we hardly know where […]

Every man shall be put to death-F.B.Meyer

  Every man shall be put to death for his own sin. 2 Kings xiv. 6. SO ran the law of Moses. It forbade the imposition of punishment on the relatives of the wrongR09;doer, but it had no mercy on him. “The soul that sinneth, it shall die,” was the succinct and conclusive verdict of […]

Every day a portion, all the days-F.B.Meyer

  Every day a portion, all the days of his life 2 Kings xxv. 30 (R.V.). IS it to be supposed that the king of Babylon took more care of Jehoiachin than God will take of us? Jehoiachin had resisted his suzerain, and cost him a great expenditure of men and treasure; but nothing which […]

Evensong-F.B.Meyer

  It was the cherished wish of Dr. Chalmers that he should be granted a Sabbatic decade, after the six decades of work, between the sixtieth and seventieth years of life, so completing its entire week. And it was surely a natural desire on the part of one who ranks among the foremost workers of […]

Elisha, tarry here, I pray thee.-F.B.Meyer

  Elisha, tarry here, I pray thee. 2 Kings ii. 2, 4, 6. THRICE Elijah spoke thus to his friend and disciple, to test him. Perseverance, tenacity of purpose, a refusal to be content with anything short of the best, are indispensable conditions for the attainment of the highest possibilities of experience and service. And […]

Doth not the ear try words? and the palate-F.B.Meyer

  Doth not the ear try words? and the palate tasteth its meat. Job xii. 11 (R.V.). THERE is no appeal from the verdict of our palate.We know in a moment whether a substance is sweet or bitter, palatable or disagreeable. Now, what the taste is to articles of diet, that the ear is to […]

Do as Thou hast said.-F.B.Meyer

  Do as Thou hast said. 2 Sam. vii. 25. THIS is the voice of a childlike faith. Note what led to these words.  Nathan had just unfolded to the king all the purposes of God’s heart towards him. That He would establish his throne, deliver him from his enemies, and set up his dynasty […]

Do as Thou hast said, that thy name may be-F.B.Meyer

  Do as Thou hast said, that thy name may be magnified for ever. 1 Chron. xvii. 23, 24. THIS is a most blessed phase of true prayer. Many a time we ask for things which are not absolutely promised. We are not sure therefore until we have persevered for some time whether our petitions […]

DELIVERANCE FROM THE POWER OF SIN-F.B.Meyer

  Phi_2:12-13 : “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.” “Salvation.” “Work out your own salvation.” There is a sense in which salvation is finished. There is another sense in which it is in process. […]

David, the man of God.-F.B.Meyer

  David, the man of God. Neh. xii. 24, 36, 37, 45, 46. HOW long the influence of David has lingered over the world, like the afterglow of a sunset! Mark the characteristic in him which laid the foundation of his supremacy over the hearts of his countrymen. He was preR09;eminently “a man of God.” […]

David wared stronger and stronger,-F.B.Meyer

  David wared stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul wared weaker. 2 Sam. iii. 1. THE war between the flesh and the Spirit is Iong, but the end is sure. As the Baptist said of Jesus, so must the flesh say of the Spirit, He must increase; I must decrease. Sometimes, in the […]

David tarried still at Jerusalem.-F.B.Meyer

  David tarried still at Jerusalem. 2 Sam. xi. 1. AH! fatal dalliance in the arms of sensual ease! It led to David’s undoing. It was the time of the year when kings generally went forth to the fight; and in earlier days David would never have thought of leaving to Joab or others the […]

David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.-F.B.Meyer

  David encouraged himself in the Lord his God. 1 Sam. xxx. 6. HIS God! Doubtless the chronicler heard him say repeatedly, as he was so fond of saying, “My God, my God. ” “I will say unto God, my rock, why hast Thou forsaken me?” Though he had seriously compromised God’s cause, by the […]

David behaved himself wisely-F.B.Meyer

  David behaved himself wisely. 1 Sam, xviii. 5, 14, 15, 30. THERE must be some strong reason for the fourfold repetition of this phrase in so short a space. It is as though the Holy Ghost would lay very distinct stress on the Divine prudence and circumspection, which must characterise the man whose life […]

Dagon was fallen upon his face to the earth-F.B.Meyer

  Dagon was fallen upon his face to the earth before the Ark of the Lord. 1 Sam. v. 3. THE idols of the heathen represent demons who are their accepted gods, just as the Ark was the symbol of the presence of Jehovah. In the one case there was a material representation of the […]

Created In Him-F.B.Meyer

  CREATE is one of the great words of the Bible. It is its peculiar possession. Other religious books have their cosmogonies, and attempt to explain how all things came to be. The process of production is traced as far back as possible; but they dare not speak this wonderful word. It is left to […]

Come let us go to Gilgal, and renew-F.B.Meyer

  Come let us go to Gilgal, and renew the Kingdom there. 1 Sam. xi. 14. IT is good to have days and occasions for renewing the kingdom. Already Saul had been anointed king. It was a recognised matter that he should inaugurate the days of the kings, as distinguished from those of the judges. […]

Christmas-F.B.Meyer

  HERE again I Welcome, thrice welcome! The darkest, shortest days of the year are an appropriate season to select for the Yule-log, the good cheer, the home-gatherings, the presents and gifts of young and old, which Christmas brings! The Yule-log! How we love it! For ordinary days the coal-fire is good enough; but, oh, […]

CHRIST THE COMPLEMENT OF OUR NEED-F.B.Meyer

  We have now dealt with the will, and have seen that our curse is the self, life. We have also learned that Jesus Christ can take the place of self. I want now to show what Jesus Christ can be, and may the Holy Spirit glorify Christ! 1Co_10:11 : ‘Now all these things happened […]

Chosen to be porters . . appointed over the furniture; . .F.B.Meyer

  Chosen to be porters . . appointed over the furniture; . . the singers. 1 Chron. ix. 22, 29, 31, 33. WHAT a busy scene is suggested in these words! When the morning broke, it called to duty first the porters who opened the House of God; and then, after due ablution, each band […]

Cease not to cry unto the Lord our God-F.B.Meyer

  Cease not to cry unto the Lord our God. 1 Sam. vii, 8. SAMUEL was famous for his prayers. They are repeatedly referred to in the brief record of his life. In the Psalms he is spoken of as the one “who called upon God’s name.” Indeed, he fought and won Israel’s battles by […]

Canst thou by searching find out God?-F.B.Meyer

  Canst thou by searching find out God? Job xi. 7. THERE is but one answer to that question. No one can. The very angels veil their faces before the insufferable glory of his face. “The firstborn sons of light Desire in vain his depths to see; They cannot reach the mystery, The length, and […]

Canst thou bind the cluster of-F.B.Meyer

  Canst thou bind the cluster of the Pleiades? Job xxxviii. 31 (R.V.). THE seven stars of the Pleiades always stand for the sweet influences of spring; Orion for the storm and tempest. In this sublime catechism, Jehovah asks Job if he has any control over the One or the other. As it is with […]

But the thing displeased Samuel….-F.B.Meyer

  But the thing displeased Samuel…. And Samuel prayed unto the Lord. 1 Sam. viii. 6. A LITTLE further down in the chapter we learn that Samuel rehearsed the words of the people unto the Lord. His prayer, to a large extent, was a rehearsal of all the strong and unkind things that the people […]

But now it is come unto thee,-F.B.Meyer

  But now it is come unto thee, and thou faintest. Job iv. 5 (R.V.). IT is much easier to counsel others in their trouble than to bear it ourselves. Full often the soul, which has poured floods of consolation on others, feels sadly in need of a touch, a voice, a sympathising companion, as […]

But Mordecai bowed not.-F.B.Meyer

  But Mordecai bowed not. Esther iii. 2. THERE was stern stuff in this old Jew. He was not going to prostrate himself before one so haughty and so depraved as Haman, albeit that he was the king’s favourite. To be the only one in a city office that does not laugh at the questionable […]

Burdens, and What to Do with Them-F.B.Meyer

  Do You keep the Sabbath? Not indeed the literal seventh-day rest, but the inner rest of which that day was the blessed type. The pause in the outward business of life was but a parable of that inner hush, which is not for one day but for all days; not for one race but […]

BUILDING ON SECURE FOUNDATIONS.F.B.Meyer

  Matthew 7:24-29 In the Syrian summer, when the soil is baked hard by the intense heat, any spot will serve equally well as the site of a house. No one can say whether his neighbor has built well or ill-only the builder knows. But in the winter the rain falls in torrents and the […]

BROTHERLY RELATIONSHIP-F.B.Meyer

  Matthew 5:38-48 In mentioning the second mile, our Lord refers to a well-known Eastern custom of forwarding messages by relays of forced labor. We leave our homes on a given morning, anticipating no evil. Suddenly and unexpectedly there are sounds of horses hoofs and a great demand is thrust upon us. We are sent […]

Blessed be the Lord thy God,-F.B.Meyer

  Blessed be the Lord thy God, which delighted in thee. 1 Kings x. 9. THERE were two reasons why Solomon was on the throne. First, because of God’s love to him; secondly, because of God’s love to Israel. May we not address our Saviour with similar expressions of gladness as those which the queen […]

Beside the Drying Brook-F.B.Meyer

  We are studying the life of a man of like passions with ourselves, one who was weak where we are weak, failing where we would fail. But he stood, single-handed, against his people and stemmed the tide of idolatry and sin and turned a nation back to God. And he did it by the […]

Behold, there is in this city a man of God-F.B.Meyer

  Behold, there is in this city a man of God. Sam. ix. 6. THERE is a street in London, near St. Paul’s, which I never traverse without very peculiar feelings. It is Godliman Street. Evidently the name is a corruption of godly man. Did some saint of God once live here, whose life was […]

Behold, the mountain was full of horses and-F.B.Meyer

  Behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha. 2 Kings vi. 17. SO it is with each of God’s saints. We cannot see, because of the imperfection of mortal vision, the harnessed squadrons of fire and light; but the Angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that […]

Behold, the battle was before and behind.-F.B.Meyer

  Behold, the battle was before and behind. 2 Chron, xiii. 14. ABIJAH’S address is full of true and noble utterances, especially when he describes God as being the Captain of the Host; and this spirit soon permeated his people, so that when the battle was sorest, and they were hemmed in by their foes, […]

Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth not any.-F.B.Meyer

  Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth not any. Job xxxvi. 5. WHAT entrancing assurances are contained in this and the preceding sentence! To think that in all our wayfarings through this world One that is perfect in knowledge is always with us, and One that is mighty is pledged to bring us through! Nothing […]

Behold, an angel touched him.-F.B.Meyer

  Behold, an angel touched him. 1 Kings xix. 5. IN all probability the angels often touch us when danger is near, threatening our health and life, or when foul fiends step up to us with hideous temptation. They find us out, especially when, like Elijah, we are alone and depressed; when nervous depression has […]

Because thou obeyest not the voice-F.B Meyer

  Because thou obeyest not the voice of the Lord, therefore . . . 1 Sam. xxviii. 18. THUS unforgiven sin comes back to a man. We cannot explain the mysteries that lie around this incident; but it is clear that in that supreme hour of Saul’s fate, that early sin, which had never been […]

Because the Lord loveth His people, He hath-F.B.Meyer

  Because the Lord loveth His people, He hath made thee King over them. 2 Chron. ii. 11(R.V.). HOW truly might these words be addressed to our blessed Lord! Because God loved the world, He gave his onlyR09;begotten Son, his wellR09;beloved, to be both Prince and Saviour. And it is in knowing, loving, and serving […]

Because I bare him with sorrow.-F.B.Meyer

  Because I bare him with sorrow. 1 Chron. iv. 9. THE products of sorrow have been the rarest gifts to mankind. The books, hymns, discoveries, deeds, to which men and women have been urged by sorrow, or which have been born into the world amid heartR09;rending soul;travail, are those which will never be allowed […]

Because he slew the Gibeonites.-F.B.Meyer

  THE Gibeonites were under the protection of a special covenant, which had been entered into between them and Joshua. That covenant was the outcome of a ruse on their part. But since it had been most solemnly made by the leaders of Israel, it held good. The fact of their deceit and chicanery could […]

BE THOU PERFECT!-F.B.Meyer

  “I am the Almighty God: walk before Me, and be thou perfect.” — Genesis 17:1. Thirteen long years passed slowly on after the return of Hagar to Abraham’s camp. The child Ishmael was born, and grew up in the patriarch’s house — the acknowledged heir of the camp, and yet showing symptoms of the […]

BAPTIZED WITH THE SPIRIT-F.B.Meyer

  Matthew 3:13-17 While John was denouncing the sins of others, he was very conscious of his own. He melted in holy humility before the one nature in which his keen eye detected no trace of impurity, and he strenuously strove to forbid the incongruity of his polluted hands baptizing so pure a being as […]

baal. 1 Chon. viii. 33, 34.-F.B.Meyer

  BAAL was the idol god of Zidon and of many surrounding nations. This idol, representing the sun in his productive force, was worshipped with impure and scandalous rites. The introduction of this name into the appellation of one of Saul’s sons indicates the secret root of the declension and consequent misfortunes of that ill […]

Asa did . . . right in the eyes-F.B.Meyer

  Asa did . . . right in the eyes of the Lord, as did David his father. 1 Kings xv. 11. IT is a great thing to have such a testimony as this. We may do right in our own eyes; yet the eye of the Lord may detect evil which neither our associates […]

As thy servant was busy here-F.B.Meyer

  As thy servant was busy here and there, he was gone. 1 Kings xx. 40. THIS was likely enough to happen on a battlefield. It would not be possible to hold your prisoner, and to busy yourself about other things at the same time. This man, in the prophet’s parable, made a great mistake […]

As thou hast said, do even so-F.B.Meyer

  As thou hast said, do even so to Mordecai the Jew. Esther vi. 10. HERE indeed was a turning of the tables! Haman doing honour to the humble Jew, who refused to do honour to himself. Surely that day the old refrain must have rung through Mordecai’s heart: R09;R09; “He raiseth up the poor […]

As the Lord liveth, who hath redeemed my soul-F.B.Meyer

  As the Lord liveth, who hath redeemed my soul out of all adversity. 2 Sam. iv. 9. IT was the midday of David’s life, and, looking back, he saw how good the Lord had been to him. Step by step God had brought him up out of a horrible pit, and from the miry […]

As the Lord liveth, that hath redeemed my soul-F.B.Meyer

  As the Lord liveth, that hath redeemed my soul out of all distress. 1 Kings i. 29. “IN my distress I called on the Lord, and cried to my God.” Never let there be distress without its cry. He will hear your voice out of his temple, and your cry will come before Him […]

As the light of the morning when the sun riseth,-F.B.Meyer

  As the light of the morning when the sun riseth, a morning without clouds. 2 Sam. xxiii. 4. THE dealings of God with man are compared to morning light, and the sprouting of tender grass in the sunshine that follows rain. The one may refer to youth, and the other to age. In each […]

As a brook, as the channel of brooks-F.B.Meyer

  As a brook, as the channel of brooks that pass away. Job vi. 15 (R.V.). JOB complains of his three friends. He was glad when they first came to his side, as likely to yield him comfort in his sore distress. Instead of this, however, they began probing his heart and searching his life, […]

Arise, and pass quickly over the water.-F.B.Meyer

  Arise, and pass quickly over the water. 2 Sam. xvii. 21. THE water of Jordan may serve as an illustration for our position. Our David has passed over the waters of death and in doing so has taken us with Him. There is a sense in which in the morning light of Easter Day […]

ANGEL WORK IN A BAD TOWN-F.B.Meyer

  The waters of the Dead Sea ripple over a part of the site where once stood the cities of the plain, with their busy stir of life, and thought, and trade. But all the sounds of human joy, sorrow, or industry. the tread of the soldier, the call of the herdsman, the murmur of […]

AND WHAT WAS HIS YOKE?-F.B.Meyer

  Christ’s yoke was His Father’s will. “I delight to do Thy will, O God.” Tow it is not to my purpose to discuss here the human and the divine side of Christ’s character. But to me it is as though Christ curtained off His divine attributes, as we might allow the curtain of a […]

AND WHAT IS THE LAND?-F.B.Meyer

  The land is Christ. Canaan is Christ. He is the Land of Promise. “Those mountains are the mountains of His strength. Those valleys are His humility. Those springs are His joy. Those rivers are His Holy Spirit Those treasures are His wealth. That land–look at it! It is all yours. It is Christ in […]

And they set the alter upon its bases.-F.B.Meyer

  And they set the alter upon its bases. Ezra iii. 3. THIS is the first thing that must be done before our temple building or other undertakings can be crowned with success. It was well that the returned remnant made this their care; it augured well for their future. The new start that God […]

And the oil stayed.-F.B.Meyer

  WHAT a sorrowful confession! There was no reason why it should stay. There was as much oil as ever, and the power which had made so much could have gone on without limit or exhaustion. The only reason for the ceasing of the oil was in the failure of the vessels. The widow and […]

And the Man of God wept.-F.B.Meyer

  And the Man of God wept. 2 Kings viii 11. ELISHA foresaw all the evil that Hazael would inflict on Israel, and it moved him to tears. Though he was a strong man, able to move kingdoms by his message and prayer, yet he was of a tender and compassionate disposition. This was he […]

And the kine went along the highway,-F.B.Meyer

  And the kine went along the highway, lowing as they went. 1 Sam. vi. 12. THAT two milch kine which had never borne the yoke should move quietly along the high road, turning neither to the right nor to the left, and lowing for the calves they had left behind, clearly indicated that they […]

And the city was quiet after they had-F.B.Meyer

  And the city was quiet after they had slain Athaliah with the sword. 2 Chron. xxiii. 21. THIS was a great revolution, admirably planned and carried into effect. It was intolerable that such a woman as Athaliah should desecrate the throne and temple. Jehoiada, by his prudence and courage, deserved well of the entire […]

And Saul hearkened unto the voice of Jonathan.-F.B.Meyer

  And Saul hearkened unto the voice of Jonathan. 1 Sam. xix, 6. IT was a noble act of Jonathan. He might have withdrawn from his friendship with David when it threatened his relations with his father; but, instead, be stopped into the breach, and pleaded for his friend, endeavouring to eradicate the false ind […]

And his mother’s name was Hephzibah.-F.B.Meyer

  And his mother’s name was HephziR09;bah. 2 Kings xxi. 1. HEPHZIR09;BAH means, “My delight is in her” (Isa. Ixii. 4). How strange, supposing that her name was any indication of her character, that such a woman should have borne such a son; for “Manasseh did wickedly above all the Amorites did which were before […]

And Hezekiah spread it before the Lord.-F.B.Meyer

  And Hezekiah spread it before the Lord. 2 Kings xix. 14. AMID the panic that reigned in Jerusalem, the king and the prophet alone kept level heads, for they alone had quiet, trustful hearts. We hardly realize the crisis unless we compare it with the march of 200,000 Kurds or Turkish soldiers upon some […]

And David’s heart smote him.-F.B.Meyer

  And David’s heart smote him. 1 Sam. xxiv. 5. IT is well to have a tender conscience, and to obey its least monitions, even when men and things militate against it. Here was an opportunity for David and his band to end their wanderings and hardships by one thrust of the spear; but though […]

And David went to Rabboh, and fought-F.B.Meyer

  And David went to Rabboh, and fought against it, and took it. 2 Sam. xii. 29. VICTORY might seem to have been for ever forfeited after so great a fall. We could not have been surprised had we been told that from this time onward the course of David’s conquests had stayed. And yet […]

And David was afraid of God that day.-F.B.Meyer

  And David was afraid of God that day. 1 Chron. xiii. 12. THERE was no reason for David to be afraid of God, if he conformed to the rules laid down in Leviticus. There it was expressly ordained that the Ark should be carried on the shoulders of the priests, because the cause of […]

And David took him more wives out of Jerusalem.-F.B.Meyer

  And David took him more wives out of Jerusalem. 2 Sam. v. I3. THIS is terribly disappointing! According to the ideas of the surrounding nations, the greatness of a monarch was gauged by the extent of his harem. But the law of Moses put severe restraint on the multiplication of wives, “that his heart […]

And David said, I shall now perish one day-F.B.Meyer

  And David said, I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul. 1 Sam. xxvii. 1. WHAT a fit of despondency and unbelief was here! We can hardly believe that this is he who in so many psalms had boasted of the shepherd care of God, who had so often insisted on […]

And David said unto God, I have sinned greatly-F.B.Meyer

  And David said unto God, I have sinned greatly in that I have done this thing. 1 Chron. xxi. 8 (R.V.). HIS sin lay in the spirit of pride and display. He vaunted in the growing numbers of Israel, and credited them to himself, as the result of his own prowess and prudence. All […]

And Chenaniah, chief of the Levites, was for-F.B.Meyer

  And Chenaniah, chief of the Levites, was for song. 1 Chron. xv. 22. THE carrying of the Ark to its right place was associated with every expression of gladness on the part of king and people; but there were some who were specially set apart as the exponents of the general joy. In the […]

And Ahab said to Elijah, hast thou found me-F.B Meyer

  And Ahab said to Elijah, hast thou found me, O mine enemy? 1 Kings xxi. 20. AHAB got his garden of herbs, but he had Elijah withal, who stood at the gate like an incarnate conscience. Men may get the prize on which they have set their heart; but if they have obtained it […]

Amusements-F.B.Meyer

  THIS difficulty about amusements, where to go and where not to go, is not a new one. It agitated the Christians at Corinth centuries ago as it agitates us; and led up to one of those questions which the Apostle answered in his first epistle. Dean Farrar, in his graphic style, explains the difficulty […]

All these were under the hands of their father-F.B.Meyer

  All these were under the hands of their father for song. 1 Chron. xxv. 5, 6. WHAT a glorious family was here! The household was a band of choristers! From morning till night their home must have been full of holy song and psalm, or talk about the order of the Temple service, in […]

All these were the rulers of the substance which-F.B.Meyer

  All these were the rulers of the substance which was King David’s. Chron, xxvii. 31. THERE was great variety in office and gift. He who cared for the work of the field could not have known how to care for the flocks. The overseer of oliveR09;yard and vineyard would have been a poor hand […]

All these men of war, that could keep rank, came-F.B.Meyer

  All these men of war, that could keep rank, came to make David king. I Chron. xii. 38. THE crowning of David secured the unity of Israel. Because all these men of war converged on the chosen king, they met each other, and became one great nation. The enthroning of David was the uniting […]

All the valiant men . . .-F.B.Meyer

  All the valiant men . . . 1 Sam. xxxi. 11, 12. THIS was a noble and generous act. At the beginning of his reign, in the early dawn of youthful promise and prowess, when he was the darling of the nation, Saul had interposed to deliver their beleagured city. And now, as the […]

All the days of my warfare would I wait, till-F.B.Meyer

  All the days of my warfare would I wait, till my release should come. Job xiv. 14 (R.V.). THE Lord Jesus has chosen us to be his soldiers. We are in the midst of a great campaign: let us endure hardness, as good soldiers of Jesus Christ, and strive above all things to please […]

Ahab did more to provoke the Lord-F.B.Meyer

  Ahab did more to provoke the Lord to anger than all the kings. 1Kings xvi. 33. HIS sin was very aggravated, largely through the influence of Jezebel, his young and beautiful wife, who introduced the abominations of Phoenician idolR09;worship. This is why he is said to have exceeded his predecessors in wickedness. They broke […]

Adam, Sheth, Enosh.-F.B.Meyer

  Adam, Sheth, Enosh. 1 Chron. i. 1. THIS is an ancient graveyard. The names of past generations who were born and died, who loved and suffered, who stormed and fought through the world, are engraven on these solid slabs. But there is no inscription to record their worth or demerit. Just names, and nothing […]

Aaron was separated, he and his sons for ever,-F.B.Meyer

  Aaron was separated, he and his sons for ever, to minister unto Him. 1 Chron. xxiii. 13. THE threefold office of Aaron suggests our own. When we are prepared to follow Jesus, through the rent vail of his flesh, living a truly separated life, cleansing ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, […]

A QUIET RESTING PLACE-F.B.Meyer

  “And Abraham planted a grove in Beersheba, and called there on the name of the Lord, the everlasting God: and Abraham sojourned in the Philistines’ land many days.” — Genesis 21:33-34. When a river is approaching its plunge down some mighty chasm, its waters flow with placid stillness; every ripple is smoothed out of […]

A perfect and an upright man.-F.B.Meyer

  A perfect and an upright man. Job ii. 3. EVEN God spoke of Job as perfect. Not that he was absolutely so, as judged by the perfect standard of eternity, but as judged by the standard of his own light and knowledge. He was living up to all the requirements of God and man, […]

A man of rest . . . he shall build.-F.B.Meyer

  A man of rest . . . he shall build. 1 Chron. xxii. 9, 10. THE men of rest are the builders of the most lasting structures. Solomon builds the Temple, not David. Mary’s deed of anointing, learnt in much sitting at the Lord’s feet, fills the world with its aroma. What is needed […]

A Double Portion of Elijah’s Spirit-F.B.Meyer

  There is one incident forever associated with the translation of Elijah, which, though it largely concerns his friend and successor, is so characteristic of the great prophet himself that we must not pass it over without some notice. It is deeply significant. We are told that, after they had passed the Jordan, the two […]

A certain portion should be for the singers.-F.B.Meyer

  A certain portion should be for the singers. Neh. xi. 23. IT was the king’s command, and it was very right and sensible, because they enlivened and quickened the life of the entire community. A mere utilitarian spirit might have refused to maintain them, because they did not contribute to the handicrafts of the […]

A CASTAWAY-F.B.Meyer

  I invite your attention to a few words found in 1Co_9:27 : “Lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.” Paul was too eager and too practical a man to dally with a bogy dread. Since then he intimates that it was his daily fear […]

A BIT OF THE OLD NATURE-F.B.Meyer

  Then Abimelech called Abraham, and said unto him, What hast thou done unto us? and what have I offended thee, and thou hast brought on me and on my kingdom a great sin?” Genesis 20:9. For long years an evil may lurk in our hearts, permitted and unjudged, breeding failure and sorrow in our […]

One verse more. Gal_4:19-F.B.Meyer

  “My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you.” You know, of course, that an egg has in it a little embryo of life, and the nutriment, the viscous fluid upon which it shall grow; and every day the little life germ pecks into this more and […]

Gal_2:20 : “Christ liveth in me.-F.B.Meyer

  One day when traveling by train, a young man sat opposite me in the car, reading Thomas a Kempis’ “Imitation of Christ.” I knew the book, and sat beside him and said: “A grand book.” He said: “Yes.” Said I: “I have found something better.” “Better?” “Yes.” “How?” “Better for me, because I was […]

Gal_2:8 : “The same was mighty in me-F.B.Meyer

  Hudson Taylor told me that on the threshhold of his great life work God came to him and said: “My child, I am going to evangelize inland China, and if you like to walk with me I will do it through you.” “Mighty in me.” I cannot take that Bible class, but Christ is […]

(2.) Gal_1:24 : “They glorified God in me.-F.B.Meyer

  Some young men belonging to the Salvation Army came to old Andrew Bonar, and they said: ” Dr. Bonar, we have been” all night with God. Can’t you see our faces shine? “ The old man said: “Moses wist not that his face shone,” When you have got the real article you do not […]

Gal_1:15-16 : “When it pleased God-F.B.Meyer

  Who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by His grace, to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood.” “It pleased God to reveal His Son in me.” Now, ” to reveal” means “to undrape.” There is a […]

Go, Return!-F.B.Meyer

  It is a very solemn thought that one sin may forever, so far as this world is concerned, wreck our usefulness. It is not always so. Sometimes — as in the case of the apostle Peter — the Lord graciously restores and recommissions for His work the one who might have been counted unfit […]

Filled with the Holy Spirit-F.B.Meyer

  What may not one man do in one brief life, if he is willing to be simply a living conduit-pipe through which the power of God may descend to men? There is no limit to the possible usefulness of such a life. There is, on the one hand, the oceanic fullness of God; on […]

The Prayer of Intercession

"I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy."–Phil. 1:3,4. The epistles of Paul are full of allusions to his prayers. We might almost call them his prayer book. Let us verify that assertion by turning to the epistles as they come […]

Life Without Miracles

  Normal 0 MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:”Table Normal”; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:””; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:”Times New Roman”;} “John did no miracle: but all things that John spake of this man were true.” John 10:41