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tibn as one only to be placed on tomb stones and mingled with sobs, when it is rather our battle-cry of freedom, our cheer for hope and progress. There is no glad, good thing in all the world, in any day of any single life, but that it is the will of God being done. The tri umphs, the successes, the hopes, the joys —these are the will of God. —H. Clay Trumbull. 14. Joy Makes Strength >' “The joy of the Lord is your strength” (Neh. 8:10). God delights in joy; His desire for His peopfle is that they^should be trust ful and joyful—both for their own sakes and for His glory. God needs vigorous workers, and He pan have’ these only by bestowing on them a joy adequate to the greatness of the work. . . . It is joy then, not s o r r o w , that is our strength; and they that have done most for God, have been those who have had most joy in God.—Horatius Bonar, 15. Overloads “Not by might, nor by power, but by my s p i r i t , saith the Lord of hosts”- (Zech. 4:6). Is it not possible to attempt to carry more than the Lord intends, and to as sume responsibilities He has never laid upon us ? It is the overburden that kills and wears us out. God knows our car rying capacity and never lays on us more than we can hear; He adjusts the burden to the shoulder. How many over loaded Christians there are today, over loaded with so-called Christian work, business cares, family ahd social duties, until they have* been rendered unfit for true spiritual service |—W. Mallis. 16. To One in Sorrow “Unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings” (Mai. 4:2). O bruised heart, and tempest-tossed. Beset with grief and pain, He comes, with healing in His wings, Rest doth for thee remain. Hope on, tired child, hold fast His hand For yet a little space, The morning breaks, and with the dawn Thou shalt behold His face. And nevermore shalt thou know pain, And long nights dark with fears, Nor any grief, for God Himself Will wipe away thy tears! —Martha Snell Nicholson. 17. What is Meekness? “Gentle, showing all meekness unto ail men” (T it 3:2). Nowadays the word “meek” may carry a suggestion of softness, and almost o f cowardly retreat. Yet the Old Testa ment type of meekness is Moses, the [Continued on Page 491]
not unto the world. All doubting thoughts are banished then. ---Charles Haddon Spurgeon. 9. Units that Form the Crowd “Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee” (Mk. 5:19). Our Lord Himself gaye sanction to the “individual method.” ; He was not too busy to devote a night to the in quiring Nicodemus; and “he must needs go *through Samaria” to minister the water of life to one poor sinful woman, who would become the herald of. His glad ■tidings of great joy. The units soon tell up and form the crowd. Let us each look out for opportunities of service.—Courthope Todd. 10. A Little While,' “A little while, and y e ,shall not see me; and again, a little while, and ye shall see me”- (John 16:16). A little while, and these our eyes Can see Himf not, nor view the prize, Ndr have we wings with which to rise. The cloud ^received Him from our sight, But He returns in dazzling light, And He shall' come in raiment white. Again a little while, and we Who once were parted then shall be With Him through all eternity. • /; —Eleanor Grant. 11. Under' the Glacier “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ” (2 Tim, 2:3). W. Graham Scroggie notes that Hum- . boldt, the great naturalist and traveler, said the most wonderful thing he had ever seen was a primrose flourishing under the bosom of a glacier. “There would have been nothing wonderful in its blossoming in a garden, but under a glacier!” We are to “count it all joy” when we “fall into divers temptations.” For then we can know the joy of watch-' ing God do the impossible. —Sunday School Times. 12. “Afterward” “Nevertheless, afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness” (Heb. 12:11). The “hour” of trial has generally been succeeded by a season of light. After the persecution about Stephen came the conversion of Paul. After the martyr dom of John Huss came the German Reformation. >After the Marian perse cution came the establishment of Eng lish ProtestantisrliT^ The longest night has had its morning. The sharpest win ters have been followed by spring. The heaviest storms have been changed for blue sky.—Bishop Ryle. 13. Triumph in His Will “Thy will be done” (Matt. 6:10). We are too apt to think of the pet!
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