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Hope Our Anchor.

Hope Our Anchor.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY HENRY ALEXANDER DOUGLAS


Hebrews vi, 19—20.

"Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and
stedfast, and which entereth into that within the vail ; whither
' the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus."
BY HENRY ALEXANDER DOUGLAS


Hebrews vi, 19—20.

"Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and
stedfast, and which entereth into that within the vail ; whither
' the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus."

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HOPE OUR ACHOR.BY HERY ALEXADER DOUGLASHebrews vi, 19—20."Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure andstedfast, and which entereth into that within the vail ; whither' the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus."LIFE is full of trials. One after another theycome ; at longer or shorter intervals ; of allshapes and all sizes ; not at random, but sorted byHim Who sends them, as is suited best for those towhom they are sent. And the strange thing is thatthey are felt most by those who need them least. Ido not mean that there are any who do not need them.They are the great means by which a man is trainedand educated by tlie Holy Spirit for God's Kingdom.To be without trial is to be without discipline, and is,in fact, to be left by God to ourselves, — ^the worst of all states in which a man can be. But it is one thingto have a tiial, and another thing to feel it as b. trial.To feel it as it should be felt supposes quickness of sense, softness of heart, tenderness of conscience. Andthey who need trial most, — the worst men, the mostthoughtless, the most careless, the most worldly, themost profligate, — ^are the most wanting in all thesethings. Their minds are blunted, dulled, deadened,hardened, by the life which they lead, and it is onlythe heaviest blows which they can feel.Digitized byCjOOQlC8EBM.XVI.] HOPE OUB ACHOR. 199Good men, on the other hand, are in a state which
 
feels everything. Their whole nature is alive. Theedge of their hearts is sensitively keen. They havebeen so chastened, and polished, and attuned, by thediscipline of the Spirit, that they have become fine anddelicate instruments, scarce rude and coarse enough forthe rough ways of a hard world. Or they are like thatharp which needs no finger of man to play it, but givesout its sighs and its complainings in answer to thewhispering wind. They have been moulded in thegentle hands of the Holy Spirit, till they have been madesoft, and tender, and delicate themselves. So that trialis our lot, our lot as men, but especially as Christianmen, educated for Heaven by the Holy Ghost. Andthe better we become the more must we be tried ; orat any rate — what comes to the same thing — ^the moremust we expect to feel our trials.But what a prospect is this. A life of storms !Storm after storm. Surely one storm were enough.But a life of storms; storm gathering upon storm,and each one, it may be, rising in intensity; onedark cloud dispelled, only to be followed by othersstill darker ; a lull now and then between the blasts,and then a new blast loudei* and more furiousthan all which had gone before, 'Hhe sea and thewaves roaring, men's hearts failing them for fear,and for looking on those things which are coming."To stand like some light-house, on a lonely rock, farout at sea, and be the playmate of the waves ; so thata man may say with the Psalmist, ''All Thy waves andThy billows are gone over me." To sail in no PacificOcean, no sea of calms, but in a sea of storms. To bebuffeted for ever by winds. To be beaten like a ballincessantly, from wave to wave. What a prospect!Digitized by CjOOQIC200 HOPE OUB ACHOE. [SEBM.
 
And yet we have no right to wonder, if so it shouldbe. What said our Lord to his disciples ? '' In theworld ye shall have tribulation." What is the revealeddescription of all saints 7 *^ These are they that havecome out of great tribulation." The garments of allsaints are dyed in blood.What then must we do ? We must anchor.We must look, beyond this present state of stormand trouble, to a state of rest and peace inwhich our ship may one day floaty as in some quiethaven. We must run in for shelter, such as we canget now, and cast our anchor out into the deep, andwish for the day. Our anchor is hope. And we mustsend hope on before us into Heaven, behind the vailof outward things into that Holy of Holies where Godfor ever is. And by faith, faith in Christ, our fore-runner, our ascended Lord, who has gone before us,storm-tossed upon earth as we, but now in rest andglorious at the right hand of God in the highest placeof the highest Heavens, we must hold securely on.And then, with hope for our anchor, and faith for ourstrong cable, mooring us safely to the deep and hiddenmysteries of God's kingdom, we may outride thefiercest storm that e^er came from out the caverns of earth or the abyss of hell.This is what the Apostle teaches when he says," Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul sureand stedfast, and which entereth into that within thevail ; whither the forerunner is for us entered, evenJesus." That is, in all your trials let comfort be foundin Christ Jesus. He is gone before you, and where Heis there ye shall be. ay, more ; there ye are. He isin heaven within the vail, and ye are there in Him.Ye are there by hope now. Ye shall be there in fullDigitized byCjOOQlC

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