for, as we have said, the secret of godliness is tofeel their practical connexion.St Paul, in the Epistle for the day, speaks as if everything depended on himself, putting himself ona footing with those who tried for prizes in theGrecian games ; yet we know how he also said, " Ican do all things through Christ which strengthenethme ;" and how, also, he showed in another placethe connexion between faith and works, in the ex-hortation, " Work out your own salvation with fearand trembling, for it is God who worketh in you."ow, although trust and action are thus closelycombined, there are times when we have to think most of trust, and other times when we must bebusy with action. When God has given us lightenough to know clearly what our duty is, our trustin Him will make us do our duty ; if it does not dothis, depend upon it it is not trust at all, but aselfish excuse for laziness. But our duty is notalways clear. There are times when we should beglad to act, when we want to do what is right, butdo not know what is right to do. There are timeswhen we feel the great importance of promptaction, when it seems as if delay would take awaythe opportunity which it may be our duty to em-brace. At such times, one of our chief dangers isthat we should become so occupied with our ownthoughts about what must be done, that we forgetGod, or, if we do not forget Him, we do not seehow much He has to do with the very difficultiesOF GOUS WIG. 189that are perplexing us. And yet nothing is morecertain than that our duty at such times is to look steadfastly to God. o duty can be made clear tous while we shut out God from our practical plans.