3 Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!
We do not learn of God's matters in the clouds.
There is nothing in the sky, or sea, or landscape, or town, or business, or home, or body, or blood, to tell us of them: quite the contrary. We know of them only through the word preached and read: and as faith cometh by hearing, so faith continueth by the same instrumentality.
Consequently, before the things of Christ can become a power in our minds at all able to compete with the things of the natural man, they must be diligently and constantly renewed by special culture, in reading the Word of God, and prayer, and meeting, and the various other ways in which the memory may be refreshed and the knowledge strengthened and increased. This is the more true, because the things of Christ, in many points, are distasteful to the natural man.
When we achieve the victory, in a constant application to the Word of Christ, our position is one of surpassing interest, even if of present pain. We realize where we are, what we are about, and what great things are ahead, by the power of which we can reconcile ourselves patiently to present disadvantages, and rightly look on the scene which is passing around us.
We stand on an elevation, so to speak, looking down on the busy world around.
Bro Roberts - Remembrance
8 Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him:
The course of righteousness appears a course of fruitless sacrifice and unrequited labour; the righteous man appears a fool for his pains; and it would seem as if there were no intelligent God at work, with eyes beholding in every place, seeing the evil and the good, discerning the thoughts and intents of the heart, and arranging to cause every man at last to find according to his ways. But this is all a mere appearance.
Seasons 1: 42
15 Therefore am I troubled at his presence: when I consider, I am afraid of him.
"We glory in tribulations" (Rom. v: 3).
"That is all very well for Paul," a brother may say, "but I am not Paul, and his preaching is not applicable to my case; my lot is too hard." Let us try and look at trouble from Paul's standpoint, and we shall quickly change our complaining tone. The apostle says that trouble is the path of immortal life, and that the amount that each man has is arranged by God, and is never allowed to reach the unbearable point (Acts xiv: 22; 1 Cor. x: 13).
He says, moreover, that if we patiently endure it, it will work for us "a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory" (2 Cor. iv: 17). If all this sounds untrue to us, it is the result of unbelief, and a spiritual tonic to revive our confidence in the Scriptures is needful.
Let us get into the company of a truth-loving brother or sister for half-an-hour; or, better still, drink into the spirit of the Psalms. If we would only realise that God is at work in our trouble, that it is only for a "moment," and when rightly estimated, is
"not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us,"
we should soon cease to complain and murmur.
Bro AT Jannaway
The Christadelphian, March 1899