"And hast feared continually every day because of the fury of the oppressor, as if he were ready to destroy; and where is the fury of the oppressor?" - Isaiah 51:13
Pause, my soul, over those sweet expostulating words of thy God.
Wherefore should the fear of man bring a snare? How much needless
anxiety should I spare myself, could I but live, amidst all my
changeable days and changeable circumstances, upon my unchangeable God.
Now, mark what thy God saith of thy unreasonable and ill-grounded
fears - "Where is the fury of the oppressor?" Can he take from thee thy
Jesus? No! Shouldest thou lose all thy earthly comforts, Jesus ever
liveth, and Jesus is thine. Can he afflict thee, if God saith no? That
is impossible. Neither men nor devils can oppress without his
permission. And sure enough thou art, thy God and Saviour will never
allow anything to thy hurt; for all things must work for good. And
canst thou lessen the oppressor's fury by anxious fears? Certainly not.
Thou mayest, my soul, harass thyself and waste thy spirits, but never
lessen the fury of the enemy thereby. And wherefore, then, shouldest
thou crowd the uncertain evils, and the maybe's of tomorrow, in the
circumstances of this day's warfare, when, by only waiting for the
morrow, and casting all thy care upon Jesus, who careth for thee, his
faithfulness is engaged to be thy shield and buckler? Peace then, my
soul, thou shalt be carried through this oppression, as sure as thou
hast been through every former; for Jesus is still Jesus, thy God, and
will be thy guide even unto death.