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Divine Realities
Spiritual Reflections for the Saint and Sinner
By Octavius Winslow, 1860

Shadows and Realities constitute the great contrast between earth and heaven,
time and eternity. "What shadows we are, and what shadows we pursue!" was
an exclamation once uttered upon the floor of the British Senate by Burke,
one of England's most eloquent statesmen, not less true than solemn and
sublime. But the revelations of the Bible have come to displace these human,
these earthly shadows, with divine and heavenly REALITIES. The Bible is
true\u2014eternity is real. "We have not followed cunningly devised fables" in
yielding our unquestioning belief to the great and precious truths of the
Gospel. Experience has proved them real, has demonstrated them divine. We
have tried the world, and it has wounded us\u2014the creature, and it has
disappointed us\u2014the teaching of men, and it has bewildered us\u2014our own
hearts, and they have proved "deceitful above all things, and desperately

wicked." We turn to the "glorious Gospel of the blessed God," and we find it,

through the anointing of the Holy Spirit, light in darkness, joy in sorrow,
counsel in perplexity, strength in weakness, and hope in despair. It tells us of
Jesus, the loving One, the mighty One, the sympathizing One, the faithful
One, the saving One; and concentrating our whole soul in childlike faith upon
Him, we prove the Gospel divine, God's Word true\u2014all it threatens, and all it
promises, REAL.

The following pages will, we trust, in a humble way, lead the reader into a

closer acquaintance with a few of these Divine Realities. With them many who
take up this volume, may be already familiar. Those who have welcomed them
before, as they have eagerly looked for a word of counsel and comfort at the
opening of a new year, may not regret to meet them again in another and
more permanent form. To those to whom they will be new, this will explain
the particular and appropriate bearing of each chapter upon this reflective
and impressive period of time. But, believing that they contain instructive and
saving, sanctifying and consolatory truths, suitable for the history of every-
day life, and that they have already had the seal of the Divine blessing, the
author commends them with confidence, in their enlarged form, to the
prayerful perusal of the Christian Church, and to the continued favor of the
Triune God.


The Untrodden Path
Going Home
My Times in God's Hand
The Bosom of the Father
Only Trust Me
It Is Well
All Things for the Best
Go and Tell Jesus

The Untrodden Path
"You have not passed this way before."\u2014Joshua 3:4

How solemn is the reflection that with a new cycle of time commences, with
each traveler to Zion, a new and untrodden path. New events in his history
will transpire\u2014new scenes in the panorama of life will unfold\u2014new phases of
character will develop\u2014new temptations will assail\u2014new duties will
devolve\u2014new trials will be experienced\u2014new sorrows will be felt\u2014new
friendships will be formed\u2014and new mercies will be bestowed. How truly
may it be said of the pilgrim, journeying through the wilderness to his eternal
home, as he stands upon the threshold of this untried period of his existence,
pondering the unknown and uncertain future, "You have not passed this way

But there is another thought inexpressibly soothing. Untried, untrodden, and
unknown as that new path may be, it is each step mapped and arranged, and
provided for in the everlasting and unchangeable covenant of God. To Him
who leads us, who accepts us in the Son of his love, who knows the end from
the beginning, it is no new, or uncertain, or hidden way. We thank Him that,
while He wisely and kindly veils all the future from our reach, all that
future\u2014its minutest event\u2014is as transparent and visible to Him as the past.
Our Shepherd knows the windings along which He skillfully, gently, and
safely leads his flock. He has traveled that way Himself, and has left the traces
of His presence on the road; and as each follower advances\u2014the new path
unfolding at each step\u2014he can exultingly exclaim, "I see the footprint of my
Lord\u2014here went my Master, my Leader, my Captain, leaving me an example
that I should follow his steps." Oh! it is a thought replete with strong
consolation, and well calculated to gird us for the coming year\u2014the Lord
knows and has ordained each step of the untrodden path upon which I am
about to enter.

Another reflection. The infinite forethought, wisdom, and goodness which
have marked each line of our new path have alsoprovided for its every
necessity. Each exigency in the history of the new year has been anticipated.
Each need will bring its appropriate and adequate supply\u2014each perplexity
will have its guidance\u2014each sorrow its comfort\u2014each temptation its shield\u2014
each cloud its light. Each affliction will suggest its lesson\u2014each correction will
impart its teaching\u2014each mercy will convey its message of love. The promise
will be fulfilled to the letter\u2014"As your day so shall your strength be."

And how blessed to know that all the provision for the untrodden path isin

Jesus. "It pleased the Father that in Him should all fullness dwell." All wisdom
to guide, all power to uphold, all love to soothe, all grace to support, all
tenderness to sympathize, dwells in Christ. Let us, then, gird ourselves to a fresh

taking hold of Christ. We must walk through this year not by sight, but by
faith, and that faith must deal simply and directly with Jesus. "Without me
you can do nothing." But with his strength made perfect in our weakness, we
can do all things. Oh, be this our course and our posture\u2014"coming up from
the wilderness leaning on our Beloved."

Living in a world of imperfection and change, we must expect nothing perfect, nothing stable, in what we are, in what we do, or what we enjoy. But amid the dissolving views of the world that "passes away," let us take firm hold of the unchangeableness of God. The wheels may revolve, but the axle on which they

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