APRIL 10

 

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time—1 Pet. 5: 6.

 

It is indeed no easy matter to tread the pathway of humility, to check continually the human aspirations and to keep the sacrifice on the altar until it is fully consumed. But thus it is that we are to work out our own salvation as Christians with fear and trembling, lest we come short of worthiness for the reward that God has promised to the faithful overcomers who tread closely in the footsteps of our blessed Forerunner … who was meek and lowly of heart. It is when we are thus humble and faithful that the Lord makes us His chosen vessels to bear His name to others. Thus emptied of self, He can fill us with His Spirit and with His Truth, and we can go forth strong in the Lord of hosts and in His mighty power, to do valiant service as soldiers of the cross.

 

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Christ is the mighty hand of God, under whom we are. To  humble ourselves under Him would mean to empty ourselves of self-appreciation, whether it be along physical, mental, moral or religious lines, and to maintain that estimate of ourselves that the Spirit, Word and providences of God warrant us in having. Whoever, amid the varying scenes of life so humbles himself under Christ, will in due time be exalted by God under   Christ.

 

Parallel passages: Jas. 1: 9, 10; 4: 6; Isa. 57: 15; 66: 2; Job 22: 29; Prov. 15: 33; 29: 23; Dan. 4: 37; Luke 1: 52; 10: 21; 14: 10, 11; 18: 14; 1Pet. 5: 3, 5; Matt. 5: 3; 11: 29; 18: 2-4; 20: 26, 27; 23: 12; Rom. 12: 3, 10, 16; 1Cor. 13: 4; 2Cor. 12: 5-12; Eph. 4: 2; 5: 21; Phil. 2: 3-11.

 

Questions: What were this week's experiences as to this text? How were they met?

What was helpful or hindersome therein? In what did they result?

 

RIGHT WAS THE PATHWAY

 

LIGHT after darkness,

Gain after loss,

Strength after suffering,

Crown after cross.

Sweet after bitter,

Song after sigh,

Home after wandering,

Praise after cry.

 

Sheaves after sowing,

Sun after rain,

Sight after mystery,

Peace after pain.

Joy after sorrow,

Calm after blast,

Rest after weariness,

Sweet rest at last.

 

Near after distant,

Gleam after gloom,

Love after loneliness,

Life after tomb.

After long agony

Rapture of bliss!

Right was the pathway

Leading to this!

 

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