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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Spiritual Secrets from a Missionary

I'm reading an old classic, Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret, written by Dr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor (Hudson's son and daughter-in-law) in 1932. (Thank you, April, for urging me to read this!)

I've had this book on the shelf for years and probably even read it as a teen, but it holds new meaning for me now after twenty years of the Spirit's refining work.

Hudson Taylor wrote about his days of preparation in England, "How important to learn, before leaving England, to move man, through God, by prayer alone." (p.32)

Hudson Taylor wrote in a letter to his mother, as he was going through the process of joining a mission society to send him to China, "It is easy to talk of leaving all for Christ, but when it comes to the proof--it is only as we stand "complete in Him" we can go through with it." (p. 47)

Once in China and struggling with some difficult situations, he wrote to his sister, "You ask how I get over my troubles. This is the way...I take them to the Lord. ...Psalm 72 to 74. Read them and see how applicable they are." (p. 57-58)

His dear friend and fellow missionary William Burns, writing in a letter dated January 1856 about an evangelistic trip inland with Hudson Taylor :
"And yet, grace can make a few feeble instruments the means of accomplishing great things--things greater even than we can conceive." (p. 74)

William Burns was described this way by his biographer (quoted in Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret): "His whole life was literally a life of prayer, and his whole ministry a series of battles fought at the mercy seat." (p. 74)

After Burns was captured and imprisoned, but later circumstances showed that this event protected his life, Taylor later saw God's goodness in what had seemed to be horrible news. The authors wrote, "...Hudson Taylor was learning to think of God as The Great Circumstance of Life, and of all lesser, external circumstances as necessarily the kindest, wisest, best, because either ordered or permitted by Him." (p. 78)

(All page numbers from my 1987 edition.)

1 comment:

Laura said...

Oh, how I pray to be 'complete in Him' alone. Thank you for these timely quotes from a missionary that we are going to study this year!

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