HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
Thy shoes shall be iron and brass; and as thy days, so shall thy strength be. —Deuteronomy 33:25
I want to thank God for men of old and in our time today. My brothers and sisters, I will bless the Lord at all times and His praise shall continually be in my mouth, I remember the late Bishop Decosta Blucher preaching and quoting from this book “Pilgrim’s Progress”. I soon acquired a copy and I am still reading it today. I will encourage you to get a copy. I have copied a portion for your encouragement this morning. You can read it here THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS
Christian! mark again these words. They do not give the pledge, that we shall not feel the burden and heat of the day. All they promise is that we shall get safely through. They do not say, that we shall not feel the might of our duties, trials, temptations, conflicts; all they say is, that we shall have the strength to bear their weight and journey on with our load. The grace imparted, will then be “sufficient” for us—not superabundant, but sufficient for our actual necessities—strength equal to our day.
Christian! distress not yourself about impending evils. You think you have not strength for the hour of sickness. Use the strength you now have, in the day of health, and the promise will not then fail you. You fear you have not strength for the thorny path of adversity, tread humbly and thankfully the path of prosperity, and you will not then be refused consolation and support. You fear you are unprepared to meet the King of Terrors and to enter the gloomy valley.
Live to the glory of God and, as beseems your Christian profession, and when you are summoned to depart, His rod and staff will then uphold and comfort you. It is by putting forth the strength already gained that you may hope to stand your ground, when greater exertion and more vigorous effort are demanded. Strength to encounter the tempest will be given when the tempest rages; strength to breast the foaming surges will be given when the hurricane has actually come; strength to grapple with the last enemy will be given when he comes forth to meet you.
Yes, Christian! be assured, grace and strength will be imparted when you need them, as certainly as they will be withheld before you need them. He who guides you, knows your necessities and in the day of trouble will not leave you comfortless. Journey on then with firmness, relying on the promise of Him who is faithful and true! Your day is coming—you will, ere long, enter into your final rest, and repose from all your labours; you will take possession of the promised inheritance, and will then acknowledge with a grateful heart, “As my days so my strength has been.”