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try, dwelling in tabernacles . . . for he looked fo r a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God” (Heb. 11:9, 10). I cannot help thinking that, as God dealt with Abraham, so does He deal in providence with us all. There is a flood of light poured on life’s darker aspects for me when I remember the city and the tent. After all, the important thing is not what we live in ; it is the purpose, the aim, the direction of life. I f life is to be redeemed from sense and time, and brought under the powers that are eternal, the eyes must be opened somehow to God’s city. God does this by making the tent so frail. — G eorge H. M orrison . AUGUST 5 T ransfiguration W rought by P rayer “And as he prayed, the fashion o f his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistening” (Lk. 9:29). O Christian, if thou wouldst have trans figurations in life, ‘ seek them in prayer. Let Hermon take its place in your Chris tian experience. Without such a transfig uration, life .. . . will only prove fan tastic mockery, as well as fearful mystery. With such a transfiguration, life with all its cares and sorrows and temptations, its woes and aches and death, becomes an existence measureless in its possibilities of disciplined character, exalted service, ex uberant gladness, immortal hope, and finally eternal fruition. -—J am es O. M urray . AUGUST 6 W it h H im “ We shall be like him” (1 John 3 :2). When He appears, we shall be like Him in the perfection of His moral glory (2 Thess. 1:10). Each believer is to reflect His image. That work of the Holy Spirit, now so often resisted or murmured about or fainted under, will be complete. The Lord cannot give us His power, except, as a ministration for service, in the moving on of the eternal ages, but His moral per fection will be ours and probably forever increasing. It will not be possible for us to be with Him without receiving more from Him. Blessed hour that gives us our first vision o f Him, and makes us free for ever! “ We shall be with him” (1 Thess. 4:17). . . . What will it be, this expe rience o f His personal presence manifested to not one, but all? The change into the resurrection body will be something; but to see Him and to know that we are look ing on Him who became incarnate, who lived, who died, who rose again, who has been ministering to the need of the church throughout the ages, and to our lives each moment—that will be greater! — H enry F . B owker . “W e shall be like Him, the Son of God most holy, W e shall'be like Him, sweet promise of His grace; Christian, press forward! Some bright, some glad tomorrow W e shall be like Him, for we shall see His face.” AUGUST 7 G lorifying th e C ommonplace “ The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places” (Hab. 3 :19).
The trivial round makes up the larger part of every life. If Jesus Christ is not to help us in the monotonous stretches, what is His help worth? Unless the trivial is His field, His field is restricted indeed. W e all know the deadening influence of habit, the sense o f weariness, and almost of disgust, at the repetition day after day of the same task. The only way of pre venting the common from becoming com monplace, and the small from becoming trivial, and the familiar from becoming contemptible, is to link all to Jesus Christ, and to do all for Him and in company with Him. Then the rough places will be made plain, the m ou n ta in s o f difficulty be brought low, and the valleys o f the com monplace be exalted. — A lexander M aclaren . AUGUST 8 A B elieving S tate of M ind “Because he trusteth in thee” (Isa. 26:3). Faith is ever discovering what God is able to do in the face of all opposition, in the midst o f countless difficulties, and in the presence o f spiritual wickedness. It is along the channel o f our faith that the stream of divine strength flows, in all the activities o f the life that pleases God. Notice, too, what faith becomes in the ex perience of the believer. It passes from a series o f isolated acts into a state. This comes with growth and progress. Faith is something that grows. And everything that grows needs food and air. The food o f faith is the truth o f God. There is such a thing as a believing state o f mind— a calm, assured condition of soul. “ Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee.” There we have faith’s true attitude—“ stayed” on God. — E van H . H o pk in s . I like that last expression, “lifter up o f mine head.” There is your child, my good mother, and your child has been bad, and you have chastised it. You have put the poor little bundle of wretchedness and crossness into a corner, and there it is standing soiling all its face with hot, scalding tears. Then your heart relents; the extreme of misery tells upon you, for you are its mother. And you come toward the little thing, and it creeps into the cor ner and hangs its head. And what do you do? Instead of chastening it any more, you come quite close, and with one hand on the little one’s shoulder, you put the other hand below its chin, and literally you lift up the little face into the light of your own, and stoop down and kiss it. Did you ever think that that is what God wants to do with the poor, weary sinner who has gone back and done shamefully? He anoints and cheers your soiled face; He lifts up your head, and lets the light of His own reconciled countenance beam down upon you.— J oh n M c N eill . “ Thou, Lord, art a shield for me, Succor still I find in Thee; Now Thou liftest up my head, Now I glory in Thine aid, Confident in Thy defense, Strong in Thine omnipotence.” AUGUST 9 M other L ove “ Thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up o f mine head” (Psa. 3 :3).
rose to such heart acquaintance with God that he, mean and covetous and guileful at the start, had such power with God that he received that unique title, “ Israel—the prince with God.” What might not we do with our boundless wealth of divine prom ises, if we had his insight and pertinacity, his habit o f “praying through to victory” ? — S elected . , “ Faith, mighty faith, the promise sees,
And looks to God alone; Laughs at impossibilities, ' And cries, ‘It shall be done.’ ” AUGUST. 3 T ale - bearing
“ Thou shalt not go up and down as a tale-bearer among thy people” (Lev. 19: 16). Tale-bearing emits a threefold poison; it inj ures the teller, the hearer, and the person concerning whom the tale is told. Whether the report be true or false, we are by this precept of God’s W ord forbid den to spread it. The reputations of the Lord’s people should be very precious in our sight, and we should count it shame to help the devil to dishonor the church and the name o f the Lord. Some tongues need a bridle rather than a spur. Noah’s wise sons cast a mantle over their father, and he who exposed him earned a fearful curse. W e may ourselves, one of these dark days, need forbearance and silence from our brethren. Let us render it cheer fully to those who require it now. Be this our family rule, and our personal bond: Speak evil o f no man. — B eliever ’ s M ag azin e . AUGUST 4 T h e F railty of th e T ent “By faith he [Abraham] sojourned in the land of. promise, as in a strange coun
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