SHOULD NOT A PEOPLE SEEK UNTO THEIR GOD?

Isaiah 8:19

Robert Hawker
(1753-1827)



"Should not a people seek unto their God?"–Isaiah viii. 19.

To be sure they should. My soul, what would become of thee, in thine exercises, hadst thou not had a God in Christ to fly to, and a God in Christ to depend upon? Where wouldest thou find a bosom to pour all thy griefs into, did not Jesus say to thee, as to the sorrowful father, concerning his child, "Bring him hither to me?" Thou knowest, dearest Lord, that there are circumstances into which I am cast, where none but thyself can help; and even if help could be derived from man, yet who is there to whom I could seek with a certainty of success? "My friends," saith Job, "have dealt deceitfully, like a brook;" like a brook which, dried up by the summer heat, disappoints the traveller when he most needs supply to slake his thirst. Oh for grace to centre all my desires in thee, and to seek unto thee with all my concerns! Blessed Lord! let that devout frame of David, in the wilderness, be the frame of my soul in every wilderness dispensation, until I shall have passed through the whole of the valley of Baca, and have attained to the everlasting enjoyment of thee in heaven! "O God, thou art my God, early will I seek thee; my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee, in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is," Psalm lxili. 1.

From THE POOR MAN'S MORNING AND EVENING PORTIONS.