Fresh Hope – 27th March 2017

Dr Alexander Maclaren attributed everything he knew to one habit: ‘spending an hour each day with God.’

Sometimes he allowed others into the room where he prayed, but they were never allowed to speak.

Maclaren would sit in a well worn armchair with his big Bible lying across his knees. Sometimes he’d read its pages, but mostly he’d just sit with his hand over his face. During that hour he wouldn’t read it as a student or study it for sermons; one of his assistants noted, “he read it like a child would read a letter from an absent father, or like someone deeply in love that was separated from their loved one”. To know God you must spend time with Him.

One night a famous orator recited the 23rd Psalm to a packed theatre and great applause. Afterwards he spotted a Pastor in the crowd from his local church. He called him up to the stage to say a few words, and to his surprise, he too read the 23rd Psalm. But when he was through, there was silence. People dried their tears all over the audience. Afterwards the great orator asked the Pastor why he thought that he had prompted such a powerful reaction. The Pastor simply said “the difference is, you know the 23rd Psalm, but I know the shepherd!”

Do you know Him?

Join me each day this week and I’ll tell you how you can.

Pastor Mark

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