Reading: “A nail in a sure place”—Isaiah 22:23

Christian, you have been enabled to hang all your concerns for eternity upon the Lord Jesus; and is it not very refreshing to see how eternally firm and secure your eternity is—what unshaken and unchangeable confidence we have in Him? Behold Him as He is in Himself, in His person, work, and righteousness: “Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and today, and for ever.”

Next contemplate Him as the source, origin, fountain, and sup- port of all the great things of salvation. There is not a purpose of God, but is founded on Christ; not a promise, but is made, confirmed, and fulfilled in Christ; and not a dispensation in all the kingdoms of nature, grace, and glory, but comes from Christ and His own righteous government.

Go on further and notice a third thread of meditation, and behold Jesus as a nail in a sure place, and that the persons, concerns, and blessings of His people all hang on Him; from Him they derive all their spiritual strength, gifts, graces, authority, order, and appointment; on Him they all depend for life, ability, power, and disposition to carry it on; and to Him the whole glory of their services return, in an endless revenue of praise. Lastly, and above all, on this nail in a sure place, behold the hand of God thy Father, both fixing Him there, and proclaiming it to the souls of His people: “I will fasten him,” says Jehovah, “as a nail in a sure place; and he shall be for a glorious throne to his Father’s house.”

Lord, give me grace to hang my soul, and body, and spirit, with all I have, and all I am or hope to be, in time and to all eternity, on you; for never can too great a stress be laid upon Jesus, nor too full a confidence be placed in Him. How can a soul perish that hangs on God’s Christ?

Taken from The Poor Man’s Evening and Morning Portions by Rev. Robert Hawker, Works, Vol. 8; 1830. Edited by Aaron Dunlop for thinkgospel.com ©2014.