Category Archives: Thoughts for the quiet hour

November 19 Thoughts for the quiet hour

They shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel

Zech. 4:10

It is joy to the Christian to know that the plummet is now in the hands of our great Zerubbabel, and that when He comes forth, the world’s misrule shall be over. The false standards and false estimates of men shall be swept away. The standards of “expediency,” of “conscience,” of “every man thinking as he likes, if he is only sincere”—these, and all similar refuges of lies shall be like a spider’s web. The measure of all things will be Christ, and Christ the Measurer of all things.

How everything will be reversed! What a turning upside down of all that now exists!

Blessed day, and longed for—the world’s great jubilee, the earth’s long-looked-for Sabbath, groaning creation’s joy, and nature’s calm repose! Who would not cry, “Come, Lord Jesus, and end this troubled dream! Shatter the shadows of the long, dark night of sin and sorrow, sighing and tears, despair and death!”

F. Whitfield[1]

 

[1] Hardman, S. G., & Moody, D. L. (1997). Thoughts for the quiet hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing.

November 18 Thoughts for the quiet hour

He which stablisheth us … in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts

2 Cor. 1:21, 22

When a Christian is “sealed” by the Holy Ghost, “sealed” as the property of his Master, there will be no need to ask, “Whose image and superscription is this?” upon the “sealed” one. The King’s, of course. Anyone can see the image.

Of what use is a “seal” if it cannot be seen?

Is the King’s image visibly, permanently, stamped upon us? It is on every Spirit-filled, “sealed” believer.

John McNeil[1]

 

[1] Hardman, S. G., & Moody, D. L. (1997). Thoughts for the quiet hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing.

November 17 Thoughts for the quiet hour

Who is my neighbor

Luke 10:29

“Who is thy neighbor?” It is the sufferer, wherever, whoever, whatsoever he be. Wherever thou hearest the cry of distress, wherever thou seest anyone brought across thy path by the chances and changes of life (that is, by the providence of God), whom it is in thy power to help—he, stranger or enemy though he be—he is thy neighbor.

A. P. Stanley[1]

 

[1] Hardman, S. G., & Moody, D. L. (1997). Thoughts for the quiet hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing.

November 16 Thoughts for the quiet hour

Not I, but Christ liveth in me

Gal. 2:20

The wonder of the life in Jesus is this—and you will find it so, and you have found it so, if you have ever taken your New Testament and tried to make it the rule of your daily life: that there is not a single action that you are called upon to do of which you need be—of which you will be—in any serious doubt for ten minutes as to what Jesus Christ, if He were here, (Jesus Christ being here) would have you do under those circumstances and with the material upon which you are called to act. The soul that takes in Jesus’ word, the soul that through the words of Jesus enters into the very person of Jesus, the soul that knows Him as its daily presence and its daily law—it never hesitates.

Phillips Brooks[1]

 

[1] Hardman, S. G., & Moody, D. L. (1997). Thoughts for the quiet hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing.

November 15 Thoughts for the quiet hour

He hath said

Heb. 13:5

If we can only grasp these words of faith, we have an all-conquering weapon in our hand. What doubt is there that will not be slain by this two-edged sword? What fear is there which shall not fall smitten with a deadly wound before this arrow from the bow of God’s covenant? “He hath said!” Yes; whether for delight in our quietude, or for strength in our conflict, “He hath said!” must be our daily resort.

Since “He hath said” is the source of all wisdom, and the fountain of all comfort, let it dwell in you richly, as “a well of water, springing up unto everlasting life.” So shall you grow healthy, strong, and happy, in the divine life.

Spurgeon[1]

 

[1] Hardman, S. G., & Moody, D. L. (1997). Thoughts for the quiet hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing.

November 14 Thoughts for the quiet hour

Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations

Ps. 90:1

You cannot detain the eagle in the forest. You may gather around him a chorus of the choicest birds; you may give him a perch on the goodliest pine; you may charge winged messengers to bring him choicest dainties; but he will spurn them all. Spreading his lordly wings, and with his eye on the Alpine cliff, he will soar away to his own ancestral halls amid the munitions of rocks and the wild music of tempest and waterfall.

The soul of man, in its eagle soarings, will rest with nothing short of the Rock of Ages. Its ancestral halls are the halls of Heaven. Its munitions of rocks are the attributes of God. The sweep of its majestic flight is Eternity! “Lord, Thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.”

Macduff[1]

 

[1] Hardman, S. G., & Moody, D. L. (1997). Thoughts for the quiet hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing.

November 13 Thoughts for the quiet hour

Choose you this day whom ye will serve

Josh. 24:15

Choice And Service—these were demanded of the Israelites; these are demanded of you, these only. Choice and service—in these are the whole of life.

Mark Hopkins[1]

 

[1] Hardman, S. G., & Moody, D. L. (1997). Thoughts for the quiet hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing.

November 12 Thoughts for the quiet hour

Examine yourselves

2 Cor. 13:5

If your state be good, searching into it will give you that comfort of it. If your state be bad, searching into it cannot make it worse; nay, it is the only way to make it better, for conversion begins with conviction.

Bishop Hopkins[1]

 

[1] Hardman, S. G., & Moody, D. L. (1997). Thoughts for the quiet hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing.

November 11 Thoughts for the quiet hour

And when the vessel that he made of the clay was marred in the hand of the potter, he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it

Jer. 18:4 (R.V.)

God’s fairest, highest place of service in the land that lies beyond will be filled by the men and women who have been broken upon the wheel on earth.

  1. Campbell Morgan[1]

 

[1] Hardman, S. G., & Moody, D. L. (1997). Thoughts for the quiet hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing.

November 10 Thoughts for the quiet hour

A daily rate for every day

2 Kings 25:30

The acts of breathing which I performed yesterday will not keep me alive today; I must continue to breathe afresh every moment, or animal life ceases. In like manner yesterday’s grace and spiritual strength must be renewed, and the Holy Spirit must continue to breathe on my soul from moment to moment in order to my enjoying the consolations, and to my working the works of God.

Toplady[1]

 

[1] Hardman, S. G., & Moody, D. L. (1997). Thoughts for the quiet hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing.

November 9 Thoughts for the quiet hour

So he arose, and went to Zarephath

1 Kings 17:10

Let it be equally said of you to whatever duty the Lord may call you away, “He arose and went.” Be the way ever so laborious or dangerous, still arise, like Elijah, and go. Go cheerfully, in faith, keeping your heart quietly dependent on the Lord, and in the end you will surely behold and sing of His goodness. Though tossed on a sea of troubles you may anchor on the firm foundation of God, which standeth sure. You have for your security His exceeding great and precious promises, and may say with the Psalmist, “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? Hope thou in God, for I shall yet praise him who is the health of my countenance, and my God.”

F. W. Krummacher[1]

 

[1] Hardman, S. G., & Moody, D. L. (1997). Thoughts for the quiet hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing.

November 8 Thoughts for the quiet hour

Speaking the truth in love

Eph. 4:15

The best way of eradicating error is to publish and practice truth.

W. Arnot[1]

 

[1] Hardman, S. G., & Moody, D. L. (1997). Thoughts for the quiet hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing.

November 7 Thoughts for the quiet hour

Iniquities prevail against me: as for our transgressions, thou shalt purge them away

Ps. 65:3

There is much earnest religion that lives in the dreary compass of these first four words, “Iniquities prevail against me,” and never gets a glimpse beyond it. But do not put a full stop there. Fetch in One who can help. “As for our transgressions, Thou shalt purge them away.” The moment we bring the Lord in, that moment defeat is turned to triumphant deliverance!

Write that up in golden letters—Thou! And do not find in this word only a trembling hope, or a wondering wish. Listen to its full assurance—Thou Shalt!

There is but one result that can warrant the agony of Calvary; there is but one result that can satisfy either our blessed Saviour or ourselves; and that is our being conquerors over sin.

Mark Guy Pearse[1]

 

[1] Hardman, S. G., & Moody, D. L. (1997). Thoughts for the quiet hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing.

November 6 Thoughts for the quiet hour

The pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them

Exod. 14:19

It is not always guidance that we most need. Many of our dangers come upon us from behind. They are stealthy, insidious, assaulting us when we are unaware of their nearness. The tempter is cunning and shrewd. He does not meet us full front. It is a comfort to know that Christ comes behind us when it is there we need the protection.

J. R. Miller[1]

 

[1] Hardman, S. G., & Moody, D. L. (1997). Thoughts for the quiet hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing.

November 5 Thoughts for the quiet hour

Let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God

2 Cor. 7:1

The Tree of Life, according to some of the old rabbinical legends, lifted its branches, by an indwelling motion, high above impure hands that were stretched to touch them; and until our hands are cleansed through faith in Jesus Christ, its richest fruit hangs unreachable, golden above our heads. The fullness of the life of Heaven is only granted to those who, drawing near Jesus Christ by faith on earth, have thereby cleansed themselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit.

Alexander Maclaren[1]

 

[1] Hardman, S. G., & Moody, D. L. (1997). Thoughts for the quiet hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing.

November 4 Thoughts for the quiet hour

Jacob lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold, Esau came, and with him four hundred men

Gen. 33:1

Do not lift up your eyes and look for Esau’s. Those who look for troubles will not be long without finding trouble to look at. Lift them higher—to Him from whom our help cometh. Then you will be able to meet your troubles with an unperturbed spirit. Those who have seen the face of God need not fear the face of man that shall die. To have power with God is to have power over all the evils that threaten us.

F. B. Meyer[1]

 

[1] Hardman, S. G., & Moody, D. L. (1997). Thoughts for the quiet hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing.

November 3 Thoughts for the quiet hour

Be clothed with humility

1 Peter 5:5

Is it not one of the difficulties of church work that we have more officers than men? We need more of the rank and file, who are willing to march anywhere, and to do the lowliest of tasks. We shall succeed in doing greater things when we are all of us willing to be subject. It is the bayonet rather than the gold lace which is wanted when the enemy is to be subdued.

Thomas Champness[1]

 

[1] Hardman, S. G., & Moody, D. L. (1997). Thoughts for the quiet hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing.

November 2 Thoughts for the quiet hour

Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures forevermore

Ps. 16:11

The man who walks along the path of life lives in the presence of the joy-giving God. Just in so far as he is true to that path of life, and wanders neither to the right hand nor to the left, his joy becomes deeper; nay, he becomes partaker of that very fullness of joy in which God Himself lives, and moves, and has His being. And while such is his experience in the midst of all the trials of life, he has also the privilege of looking forward to grander things yet in store for him, when that higher world shall be reached, and the shadows of time have passed away forever. “At Thy right hand,” exclaims the psalmist, “there are pleasures forevermore.”

  1. Hay Aitken[1]

 

[1] Hardman, S. G., & Moody, D. L. (1997). Thoughts for the quiet hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing.

November 1 Thoughts for the quiet hour

Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst

John 8:9

Alone with Jesus! What a sweet and holy spot! What a blessed refuge to which the soul may betake itself from the charges of Satan, the accusations of the world, and the sorrows of life! Sweet spot for the heart to unfold itself to tell its hidden tale in the ear of Infinite love, tenderness and compassion!

Alone with Jesus! How different a front would Christianity present to the world if the Lord’s people were oftener there! What humility, and gentleness, and love, would characterize all their dealings! What holiness stamped on the very brow, that all might read! What few judgments passed on others, how many more on ourselves! What calmness and resignation and joyful submission to all the Lord’s dealings!

Be much “alone with Jesus!” Then will the passage to glory be one of sunshine, whether it be through the portals of the grave or through the clouds of Heaven.

  1. Whitfield[1]

 

[1] Hardman, S. G., & Moody, D. L. (1997). Thoughts for the quiet hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing.

October 31 Thoughts for the quiet hour

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: the eyes of your understanding being enlightened

Eph. 1:17, 18

We were coming down a mountain in Switzerland one evening, when a black thunderstorm blotted out the day, and all things were suddenly plunged into darkness. We could only dimly see the narrow, dusty footpaths, and the gloomy sides that were swallowed up in deeper gloom. What, then, of the majesty all about us, heights, and depths, and wonders? All was darkness. Then came the lightning—not flashes, but the blazing of the whole sky, incessant, and on every side. What recesses of glory we gazed into! What marvels of splendor shone out of the darkness!

Think how with us, in us, is One who comes to make the common, dusty ways of life resplendent, illuminating our dull thoughts by the light of the glory of God; clearing the vision of the soul, and then revealing the greatness of the salvation that is ours in Christ.

Mark Guy Pearse[1]

 

[1] Hardman, S. G., & Moody, D. L. (1997). Thoughts for the quiet hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing.