Be encouraged …
“Do I speak to some who are contemplating a great change in life? Take not that step, my brother, without much careful waiting upon God; but if thou be persuaded that the change is one that hath the Master’s approbation, fear not, for he performeth all things for thee.
At this moment, thou hast many perplexities; thou mayest chafe thyself with anxiety, and make thyself foolish with shilly-shallying if thou dost sport with fancy, conjuring up bright dreams, and yielding to dark forebodings.
There is many a knot we seek to untie, which were better cut with the sword of faith.
We should end our difficulties by leaving them with him who knows the end from the beginning.
Up to this moment you have been rightly led: you have the same guide.
To this hour, he who sent the cloudy pillar has led you rightly through the devious track-ways of the wilderness; follow still, with a sure confidence that all is well.
If ye keep close to him, he performeth all things for you. Take your guidance from his Word, and, waiting upon him in prayer, you need not fear.
Just now, mayhap, in addition to some exciting dilemma, you are surrounded with real trouble and distress. Will it not be well to cry unto God most high, who now, in the time of your strait and difficulty, will show himself again to you a God all-sufficient to his people in their times of need.
He is always near.
Rest ye in him then. But you say, “I can do so little in this time of difficulty.” Do what thou canst, but leave the rest to him.
If thou seest no way of escape, doth it follow that there is none?
If thou seest no help, is it, therefore, to be inferred that help cannot come?
Thy Lord and Saviour found no friend among the whole family of man, “Yet,” said he, “could I not presently pray to my Father, and he would send me twelve legions of angels?”
Were it needful for thy help, the squadrons of heaven would leave the glory-land to come to thy rescue–the least and poorest of the children of God as thou mayest be. He will perform for thee: be thou obedient, trustful, patient.
‘Tis thine to obey, …
’tis his to command, …
’tis thine to perceive, …
’tis his to perform.
He will perform all things for you.”