“He led them forth by the right way.”
Psalm 107:7

Changeful experience often leads the anxious believer to inquire “Why is it thus with me?” I looked for light, but lo, darkness came; for peace, but behold, trouble. I said in my heart, my mountain standeth firm; I shall never be moved. Lord, thou dost hide thy face, and I am troubled. It was but yesterday that I could read my title clear; today my evidences are bedimmed, and my hopes are clouded. Yesterday, I could climb to Pisgah’s top, and view the landscape o’er, and rejoice with confidence in my future inheritance; today, my spirit has no hopes, but many fears; no joys, but much distress. Is this part of God’s plan with me? Can this be the way in which God would bring me to heaven? Yes, it is even so. The eclipse of your faith, the darkness of your mind, the fainting of your hope, all these things are but parts of God’s method of making you ripe for the great inheritance upon which you shall soon enter. These trials are for the testing and strengthening of your faith–they are waves that wash you further upon the rock–they are winds which waft your ship the more swiftly towards the desired haven. According to David’s words, so it might be said of you, “So he bringeth them to their desired haven.” By honour and dishonour, by evil report and by good report, by plenty and by poverty, by joy and by distress, by persecution and by peace, by all these things is the life of your souls maintained, and by each of these are you helped on your way. Oh, think not, believer, that your sorrows are out of God’s plan; they are necessary parts of it. “We must, through much tribulation, enter the kingdom.” Learn, then, even to “count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations.”

“O let my trembling soul be still,

And wait thy wise, thy holy will!

I cannot, Lord, thy purpose see,

Yet all is well since ruled by thee.”


“Behold, thou art fair, my Beloved.”
Song of Solomon 1:16

From every point our Well-beloved is most fair. Our various experiences are meant by our heavenly Father to furnish fresh standpoints from which we may view the loveliness of Jesus; how amiable are our trials when they carry us aloft where we may gain clearer views of Jesus than ordinary life could afford us! We have seen him from the top of Amana, from the top of Shenir and Hermon, and he has shone upon us as the sun in his strength; but we have seen him also “from the lions’ dens, from the mountains of the leopards,” and he has lost none of his loveliness. From the languishing of a sick bed, from the borders of the grave, have we turned our eyes to our soul’s spouse, and he has never been otherwise than “all fair.” Many of his saints have looked upon him from the gloom of dungeons, and from the red flames of the stake, yet have they never uttered an ill word of him, but have died extolling his surpassing charms. Oh, noble and pleasant employment to be forever gazing at our sweet Lord Jesus! Is it not unspeakably delightful to view the Saviour in all his offices, and to perceive him matchless in each?–to shift the kaleidoscope, as it were, and to find fresh combinations of peerless graces? In the manger and in eternity, on the cross and on his throne, in the garden and in his kingdom, among thieves or in the midst of cherubim, he is everywhere “altogether lovely.” Examine carefully every little act of his life, and every trait of his character, and he is as lovely in the minute as in the majestic. Judge him as you will, you cannot censure; weigh him as you please, and he will not be found wanting. Eternity shall not discover the shadow of a spot in our Beloved, but rather, as ages revolve, his hidden glories shall shine forth with yet more inconceivable splendour, and his unutterable loveliness shall more and more ravish all celestial minds.


How To Live A “Consecrated” Life. (or, Is there an “accursed thing” among you?) By Timothy Baugh.

“The LORD said to Joshua, “Get Up! Why have you fallen on your face? (and likewise, Why has your countenance fallen and you look sad and discouraged?) Israel (representative of “the Church”) has sinned; they have transgressed my covenant (binding agreement) that I commanded them; they have taken some of the devoted (that which was to be “set apart” as devoted entirely to the LORD) things; they have stolen and lied and put them among their own belongings. (sound familiar?) Therefore the people of Israel (representative of “the Church”) cannot stand before their enemies. They turn their backs before their enemies; because they (these things in their lives) have become devoted for  destruction. I will be with you no more, unless you destroy the devoted things from among you.” Joshua 7: 10-13. (English Standard Version- with my own insights added.)       Today’s Church, those who claim to be the followers and representatives of the Lord Jesus Christ, have frequently compromised and broken their binding agreement with Him, both individually and collectively. Consecrated living is living as God commands of us. To “hold back” anything from the Lord is to make an idol of our belongings. It doesn’t even have to be a “material thing” per se. Many are the thoughts, emotions, attitudes, and behaviors that we feel we can never offer up to the Lord. Yes, ‘anything’ or ‘anyone’ can be that which keeps us from worshipping the Lord exclusively! Unknowingly and unconsciously we may let anything or anyone become our Life Love. That all consuming passion then will become our “god” that sits on the throne of our hearts. Uncontrolled inclinations and impulses can work, just like any enemy, to separate us from our absolute devotion to our Lord. When we examine our minds, hearts, spirits, and souls are we “consecrated” completely? If not, then we have work to do.