Streams in the Desert was published in 1925 and was compiled by Mrs. Charles Cowman, a missionary to Japan and China who had to return to the states to nurse her dying husband. There is much encouragement and wisdom to be gleaned from this popular devotional book that was published about the same time as My Utmost for His Highest. If this is an apt word for you as it is for me, I hope you’ll be encouraged. Please leave me a comment and tell me what God spoke to you!
Streams in the Desert, March 1st Entry.
“Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked” (Ecclesiastes 7:13)
Often God seems to place His children in positions of profound difficulty, leading them into a wedge from which there is no easy escape; contriving a situation which no human judgment would have permitted, had it been previously consulted. The very cloud conducts them thither. You may be thus involved at this very hour.
It does seem perplexing and very serious to the last degree, but it is perfectly right. The issue will more than justify Him who has brought you hither. It is a platform for the display of His almighty grace and power.
He will not only deliver you; but in doing so, He will give you a lesson that you will never forget, and to which, in many a psalm and song, in after days, you will revert. You will never be able to thank God enough for having done just as He has.
“We may wait till He explains,
Because we know that Jesus reigns.”
It puzzles me; but, Lord, Thou understandest,
And wilt one day explain this crooked thing.
Meanwhile, I know that it has worked out Thy best–
Its very crookedness taught me to cling.
Thou hast fended up my ways, made my paths crooked,
To keep my wand’ring eyes fixed on Thee,
To make me what I was not, humble, patient;
To draw my heart from earthly love to Thee.
So I will thank and praise Thee for this puzzle,
And trust where I cannot understand.
Rejoicing Thou dost hold me worth such testing,
I cling the closer to Thy guiding hand.