‘We walk by faith’ (2 Corinthians 5:7)
The Christian’s path is often very rough; thorns and briars grow on either side, dark clouds hang over it, and no cheering prospects appear to animate the heart. But if he or she acts consistently, they still believe it is the right path; that trials are mercies in disguise, and that the path of tribulation ends in the Kingdom of God.
They believe it is all necessary and it’s the very best way their Father could select; that the design of God is gracious, and their present trials are to end in their eternal welfare. They believe that God is with them, though they do not enjoy His presence, and that all needful supplies will be sent, though they cannot tell from where.
They rest on the faithful word, trust in an immutable God, and say, when surrounded by trials: “None of these things will shift me; I know that it is through much tribulation that I must enter the Kingdom; my God will support me, His hand will defend me, and His grace shall be glorified in my present and eternal salvation. I do not know the way, but my God knows, and He will lead me; He will never leave me, but will be my guide, even unto death.”
Oh may I daily walk by faith,
Believing what my God has spoke.
Rely on His unchanging love,
And cease to grasp at fleeting smoke;
On His eternal truth depend,
And know Him as my God and Friend.
THE DAILY REMEMBRANCER by James Smith (1802-1862)
‘The New Year’s prayer-meeting was very large, and many are coming forward to join the church, who have been called by grace in Salem. It bids fair to be the birth-place of many souls. The Lord grant that it may be so. I have much encouragement, and if I had but more personal religion, which is made up of power, purity and peace, I should want for nothing.’