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23 The steps of a good man are ordered by Yahweh: and he delighteth in his way.
24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for Yahweh upholdeth him with his hand.
Through faith, many marvellous and terrible things have been successfully encountered. In considering them, we are apt to be distressed-to imagine that, if placed in similar circumstances, we should fall very far short. But if we are sincerely striving to be Christ-like, there is really no ground for such distress.
If we maintain a willing, determined and watchful disposition, we need not fear the tribulation and hardship that may be brought upon us. We do not know what we can do till we try. Paul said,
"I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me."
It is written, and the statement is to be dearly prized, that God will not allow His children to be tried above that which they are able to bear (1 Cor. x. 13), or, in other words, He will not permit them to fall to the extent that they will be "utterly cast down," and not rise again (Psalm xxxvii. 23-24; Prov. xxiv. 16).
What our strength is God only knows. Let us beware of presuming upon our inability. To whom much has been given of them much will be expected. No unworthy excuse or subterfuge will shield in the day of reckoning. Our standard is the precepts of the Deity, and come what may, we must strive to obey them.
To go on unto perfection should be our maxim. Christ is the only one who has reached the top of the scale. The Old Testament worthies reached a considerable height. The Scriptures bid us look to these exemplary men, not that we should be distressed, but encouraged and helped.
Our spiritual walk is a matter of faith. Ability to walk arises to a large degree from observation. Therefore, let us not grieve, but rejoice when we contemplate the cloud of faithful witnesses.
The Christadelphian, Oct 1887