HH Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“I had fainted unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” (Psalm 27:13).
How great is the temptation at this point! How the soul sinks, the heart grows sick, and the faith staggers under the keen trials and testings which come into our lives in times of special bereavement and suffering. Times of distress, longing for some level of redemption with peace of mind. Oh, how temptation gathers around from within and without while seeking a way to overcome.
“I cannot bear up any longer, I am fainting under this providence. What shall I do? God tells me not to faint. But what can one do when he is fainting?”
What do you do when you are about to faint physically? You cannot do anything. You cease from your own doings. In your faintness, you fall upon the shoulder of some strong loved one. You lean hard. You rest. You lie still and trust. You fall flat and hoping that it will be well when you regain your composure.
It is so when we are tempted to faint under affliction. God’s message to us is not, “Be strong and of good courage,” for He knows our strength and courage have fled away. But it is that sweet word, “Be still, and know that I am God.” Hallelujah. You need to be reassured that there is someone that is greater than your ego and a place to rest assured that God is more than able to do all that He has promised.
I read where Hudson Taylor a servant of God was so feeble in the closing months of his life that he wrote a dear friend: “I am so weak I cannot write; I cannot read my Bible; I cannot even pray. I can only lie still in God’s arms like a little child and trust.”
This wondrous man of God with all his spiritual power came to a place of physical suffering and weakness where he could only lie still and trust.
Many times it is when you are transitioning to another place. Your earthly strength gives way to be replaced by a higher power.
And that is all God asks of you, His dear child when you grow faint in the fierce fires of affliction. Do not try to be strong. Just be still and know that He is God, and will sustain you, and bring you through. Hallelujah, stay still brethren, do not move, stand your ground and wait for that heavenly sustenance comes. I assure us that we will rise up with wings as an eagle. Praise the Lord.
“God keeps His choicest cordials for our deepest faintings.”
“Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” (Psalm 27:14).
This will I do my dying Lord I will remember Thee.