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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.

'Fret not'

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