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.
Bro AT Jannaway
The Christadelphian, Oct 1887
34 Wait on Yahweh, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.
I had no ambitions, and no purposes to serve beyond getting through faithfully in this line. The idea of saving money, or aiming at a competency, or even at getting up or on in my profession, was the furthest from my thoughts. I regarded such a policy as out of reach, and out of question in those seeking to be faithful servants of the Lord in this day of darkness and small things, when we are called upon to lay ourselves upon the altar, in the maintenance of a testimony for the truth, and the assistance of the needy.
My days and my ways Ch 18.
37 Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.
THE TRUTH'S PURPOSE: CHARACTER, NOT CONTENTION
Let us not devote all our time to mere intellectual exertion.
Having attained the Truth, let us realize in the formation of the character that Christ will approve.
One often sees lamentable cases in which interest in the Truth is kept up so long as the excitement of argument is maintained, but disappears when that calm region is reached in which the Truth has to work out the fruits of righteousness and true holiness.
Argument and contention for the Faith are not worth the trouble if they end in the mere establishment of a theory. The object of all work in the Truth is to develope real, loving, warm-hearted, intelligent, and consecrated disciples of Christ.
reprinted in the Berean Christadelphian, Jan 2012