Strength comes to us equal to our need. "As thy days, so shall thy strength be." (Deut. 33:25.) How many promises of God's Word there are which are of a nature to deliver us from fear! They are like moles, or sea walls, thrust out into the deep, and within their shelter all is peace and quiet.
Dwight L. Moody's favorite verse was Isaiah 12:2: "I will trust, and not be afraid." He used to say: "You can travel first class or second class to heaven. Second class is, 'What time I am afraid, I will trust.' First class is, 'I will trust, and not be afraid.' " That is the better way. Why not buy a first-class ticket?
A man was once being conducted by a guide over a dangerous Alpine trail. At length they came to a place where a great rock jutted out over the precipice, leaving only the fragment of a pathway. The guide laid hold on the rock with one hand and put his other hand down on what was left of the trail, the hand extending out over the abyss. He told the other man to step on his hand and forearm and thus pass around the rock in safety. The man hesitated and was afraid; but the guide said, "Do not fear to stand on my hand. That hand has never yet lost a man!"
The pierced hand of Christ has never yet lost a man who took that hand and put his trust in him.
A missionary traveling inland writes the following:
We had the pleasure of meeting Madame Chiang Kai-shek during an air alarm. She is a charming woman, and her faith is triumphant. Madame Chiang said: "God has eyes, He can see, and He knows that our cause is righteous. The darkest hour comes before the dawn. It is easy to trust God when all goes smoothly, but when everything is dark, then it means faith."
Let us pray that she and the Generalissimo may continue to triumph. His favorite hymn is "Lead kindly light, amid the encircling gloom."—China's Millions
One morning I wanted to feed the birds. It was gray and cold and the ground was covered with snow. I stepped out on the porch and flung them handfuls of crumbs and called to them. No. there they sat, cold and hungry and afraid. They did not trust me. As I sat and watched and waited, it seemed to me I could get God's viewpoint more clearly than ever before. He offers, plans, waits, hopes, longs for all things for our good. But He has to watch and wait as I did for my timid friends.—Sunday School Times.
And Jesus answered and said...thou art careful and troubled about many things.—By WINIFRED M. NIENHUIS, Oak Park, Ill.
"Careful and troubled"—ah, weary one, rest;
Cease thy vain striving and lean on His breast;
He knows the dangers that lurk just ahead,
Knows, too, when heart fails and all hope has fled.
"Careful and troubled"—ah, burdened one, trust,
Why should you fear? God is faithful and just!
He has His covenant honored with you,
Surely the promises given are true.
"Careful and troubled"—so filled with unrest,
Dreading the dawn with its toil and its test,
Trust Him your courage and strength to renew,
He will give grace for each task you must do.
Nothing is hid from His all-seeing eye,
Never a teardrop, nor even a sigh;
"Careful and troubled" you never need be,
Trust Him completely and doubtings will flee.—Moody Monthly.
One wet, foggy, muddy day, a little girl was standing on one side of a street in London waiting for an opportunity to cross over. Those who have seen London streets on such a day, with their wet and mud, and have watched the rush of cabs, hansoms, omnibuses, and carriages, will not wonder that a little girl should be afraid to try to make her way through such a Babel as that. So she walked up and down, and looked into the faces of those who passed by. some looked careless, some harsh, some were in haste, and she did not find the one she sought, until at length an aged man, rather tall and spare, and of grave yet kindly aspect, came walking down the street. Looking into his face, she seemed to see the one for whom she had been waiting, and she went up to him and whispered timidly:
"Please, sir, will you help me over?"
The old man saw the little girl safely across the street, and when he afterward told the story he said of the incident. "That little child's trust was the greatest compliment I ever had in my life."
That man was Lord Shaftesbury. He had received honors at the hands of a mighty nation; he was complimented with the freedom of the greatest city on the globe; he had received the honors conferred by royalty; but the greatest compliment he ever had in his life was when that little unknown girl singled him out in the jostling crowd of a London street and dared to trust him, stranger though he was, to protect and assist her.—Selected.
Trust in yourself, and you are doomed to disappointment; trust in your friends, and they will die and leave you; trust in money, and you may have it taken from you; trust in reputation, and some slanderous tongue may blast it; but trust in God, and you are never to be confounded in time or eternity.—D. L. Moody.
How often we trust each other,
And only doubt our Lord.
We take the word of mortals,
And yet distrust His Word;
But oh, what light and glory
Would shine o'er all our days,
If we always would remember
God means just what He says.—A. B. Simpson.