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FINDING THE WAY.pdf

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BY J. R. MILLER



DOES God condescend to
show people the way
through this world? He
guides suns and planets in
their orbits, so that they
never wander from their
course. He directs them so carefully, so
accurately, that in all the vast universe, with
its millions of worlds and systems of worlds,
there is absolute precision in all their jnove-
ments, with no deviation, age after age. No
star is ever too fast or too slow. No planet
ever leaves its orbit. The sun is never late
in rising. God has marked out paths for the
worlds, and he causes them to move in these
paths.
BY J. R. MILLER



DOES God condescend to
show people the way
through this world? He
guides suns and planets in
their orbits, so that they
never wander from their
course. He directs them so carefully, so
accurately, that in all the vast universe, with
its millions of worlds and systems of worlds,
there is absolute precision in all their jnove-
ments, with no deviation, age after age. No
star is ever too fast or too slow. No planet
ever leaves its orbit. The sun is never late
in rising. God has marked out paths for the
worlds, and he causes them to move in these
paths.

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FINDING THE WAYBY J. R. MILLER DOES God condescend toshow people the waythrough this world? Heguides suns and planets intheir orbits, so that theynever wander from theircourse. He directs them so carefully, soaccurately, that in all the vast universe, withits millions of worlds and systems of worlds,there is absolute precision in all their jnove-ments, with no deviation, age after age. Nostar is ever too fast or too slow. No planetever leaves its orbit. The sun is never latein rising. God has marked out paths for theworlds, and he causes them to move in thesepaths.But does he interest himself in anything sosmall as the individual lives of men? Or, if he does give direction to the careers of greatmen who carry important destinies in their[3]fintitng ti^e Wavhands and are sent on missions of far-reach-ing responsibihty, does he give thought tothe daily paths of each one of the milhons of his children? Does he show a little child theroad through the tangles? Does he guide a
 
wandering one home? There is no doubtabout the teaching of the Bible on this sub- ject. For example, we are told that God isour Father. What are the qualities of father-hood? What is human fatherhood? Is thereanything in the lives of children so small thattheir father is not interested in it? Is God,then, less kind than human parents? Brown-ing puts the question thus:Do I find love so full in my nature, God's ultimate gift,That I doubt his own love can compete with it PHere, the parts shift f Here, the creature surpass the Creator — the end, whatbegan ?Think, too, of the interest of Christ in us,as proved by what he has done for us. Hecame to earth and endured our mortal life,that he might learn the way by experience.[4]iftntimg ti^e WavTo us the path of each day is always new — we have not passed this way heretofore andwe cannot tell what any hour may bring to us.But he knows all the way, for he went overevery inch of it. There is no human experi-ence which Christ does not understand. Nosuffering can be ours which he did not feel.No wrong can hurt us, but he was hurt farmore sorely. Is the burden heavy .^^ His bur-» den was infinitely heavier, for he took ourinfirmities and bore our sicknesses, and bowed
 
beneath the load of our sins. There is nophase of struggle, of suffering, of pain, of temptation, or of joy, with which he isunfamiliar. And knowing thus the way,from having sought it out for himself, he isable to guide us in it.We have a right, therefore, to make theprayer: "Cause me to know the way whereinI should walk." Our prayer will be answered,too. There will be a hand extended to guideus, to open the path for us, and to help us overthe hard pinches of the road.But do we really need guidance.'* Are we not[5]finDing tl^e 3^atwise enough to decide what course it is bestfor us to take? Can we not find our ownway in this world? Some people think theycan, and they disdain to turn even to God fordirection. They think they can get alongwithout him, so they make no prayer for direc-tion, but follow the light of their own wis-dom. No wonder they never find the wayhome. There is a story of a tourist in theAlps, who refused a guide. He said he couldfind the way himself. So he went out alonein the morning, but he never came back. Lifein this world is far more perilous than moun-tain climbing.There are particular times, also, when weneed to make the prayer for direction withspecial earnestness. There are times when

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