JOB 13

15 Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.

Though in the highest heaven, He is not far from every one of us, for in the mystery of universal simultaneous extension, which some phenomena of modern science have enabled us to receive as a fact, He fills heaven and earth, and we are in Him and subsist in Him, and are openly manifest to HIm in the inmost intents of the heart.

The man who realizes this has great power in the present walk through darkness. Nothing can overthrow him. His hand is clasped in God's; his faith in Him is the unbounded confidence of a child in its father, but on a higher, and stronger, and more invincible basis.

He knows that all things are of God; that no man has property in himself; that the programme is in God's direction ...Who shall say the lesson is too hard? If any be so disposed, let them remember the lesson is no human invention. It is God's own lesson. Christ IS the copy set.

Seasons 1.94.

God's ways are not man's ways. This truth is strikingly manifest in His treatment of His beloved ones. Had the paths of the faithful been arranged by man, the blood of Abel would never have been shed; there would have been no decapitation for John the Baptist; no crucifixion for Christ; neither would Stephen or Paul have suffered martyrdom.

On the contrary, they would have had prosperous lives and easy deaths. God's method will not be questioned by those who are well-grounded in the wise and beneficent gospel scheme. Sometimes His ways are incomprehensible, but this is no reason for distrusting Him.

Should it please God to arrange tribulation for us to the very last, let us not on that account be turned aside. Let us receive it as from Him, and say with Job,

Bro AT Jannaway

The Christadelphian, Nov 1886