MARCH 24

 

I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee—Heb. 13: 5.

 

Why, then, should we fear what man may do unto us, or be distressed in regard to the Lord's work, as though Satan or any other evil power could prevail against it? Nevertheless, it is for us to show our devotion, not only by our zeal, but also by our prudence … therefore we are to proceed in the Lord's work as though the entire responsibility rested upon us, but in our hearts we are to recognize that the entire weight and responsibility rests with the Lord. Long ago someone said, "I am immortal until my work is finished"; and we may rely upon it that this is practically true of all engaged in the Lord's service that "precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints".

 

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Amid the loss of all things earthly, the faithful follower of Christ finds a compensating blessing far transcending his losses. The consciousness of the Lord's presence in sympathy, appreciation and co-operation (which the world neither knows, can give nor take away) encourages him in his darkest hours and makes his sorrows joyous; for he knows that God is with him, and will not leave, fail nor forsake him.

 

Parallel passages: Gen. 28: 15; Ex. 33: 14; Num. 6: 24-26; Deut. 31: 6, 8; Josh. 1: 5, 7, 9; 1Chron. 28: 20; Psa. 37: 25; Isa. 41: 10, 13; 49: 13-16; Matt. 28: 20; John 14: 1-3,  16­ 18, 26; 16: 7, 13; 2Cor. 13: 14.

 

Questions: What experiences of the week showed the Lord's present aid? How did I receive them? What were the results?

 

NOT SEEING, YET BELIEVING

 

THE clouds hang heavy 'round my way,

I cannot see.

But through the darkness I believe

God leadeth me;

'Tis sweet to keep my hand in His

While all is dim;

To close my weary, aching eyes

And follow Him;

Through many a thorny path He leads

My tired feet.

 

Through many a path of tears I go,

But it is sweet

 To know that He is close to me,

My God, my Guide;

He leadeth me, and so I walk

Quite satisfied.

To my blind eyes He may reveal

No light at all;

But while I lean on His strong arm

I cannot fall.

 

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