“... the desire of all nations shall come...” Haggai 2:7.
The Lord Jesus Christ is called “the desire of all nations.” While it is said “they see no beauty in him to desire hm” and many confess, “we will not have this man to reign over us,” yet Christ is desired by many Gentiles and would be desirable by all if they were not blind to His beauty. He is most desirable in Himself, and all things that are desirable are found in Him. He is riches and honour. He is the treasure of unsearchable riches, the pearl of great price and the sun of righteousness. "For it has pleased the Father that in him all fullness should dwell," (Colossians 1:19).
If Christ is thus the desire of all nations then we must make Him the first and chief desire of our own hearts.
“Christ is a spring full of the water of life, a hive of sweetness, a storehouse of riches, a river of pleasures, wherein you may bathe your souls to all eternity!” (William Dyer).
1 Peter 5:10 “But ye God of all grace, which hath called you to his euerlastinge glory in Christ Iesu, shal his owne selfe make you perfecte, which suffre a litle season: eue he shal settle, strength, and stablish you. If the text today...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Revelation 13:8, “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” This day (14th January) in 1643 John Bois, one of the key...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Psalm 119:59, “I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies.” That is worthy thinking and those are good thoughts if they are upon our own ways. It is a fault in us if we are more taken up with the ways of others and...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Isaiah 34:16, “Seek ye out of the book of the LORD, and read.” How innumerable are the glad stories of those who obeying this command turned to God’s Word for solace. The story of Augustine related by his own hand in his...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Psalms 31:7, “I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities.” Here David refers to his ‘trouble’ and ‘adversities.’ He also is aware of...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Acts 14:17, “Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.” God witnesses to all mankind of His majesty and...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
1 Kings 8:58, “That he may incline our hearts unto him, to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and his statutes, and his judgments, which he commanded our fathers.” To have hearts always inclined to God is the real...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Psalms 108:13, “Through God we shall do valiantly.” This is the support of all saints, “through God” for it cannot be done in our own strength. With this verse the martyr John Philpot finished his devotions to God at the...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Psalms 81:10, I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it. Have you ever seen the pleasing sight of a mother bird bringing food to her young?The mouths of all within are open wide,...[ abbreviated | read entire ]