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OBEDIENCE TO CHRIST.pdf

OBEDIENCE TO CHRIST.pdf

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY J. R. MILLER



THE divine will settles every-
thing of duty. When we
know surely what our Mas-
ter would have us do, there
is no longer the slightest
question as to what we
should do. All we have to do then is to obey.
We have nothing to do with the expediency
or the inexpediency of the command, with
the determining of its wisdom or unwisdom,
with the question of its possibility or im-
possibility.
BY J. R. MILLER



THE divine will settles every-
thing of duty. When we
know surely what our Mas-
ter would have us do, there
is no longer the slightest
question as to what we
should do. All we have to do then is to obey.
We have nothing to do with the expediency
or the inexpediency of the command, with
the determining of its wisdom or unwisdom,
with the question of its possibility or im-
possibility.

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OBEDIENCE TO CHRISTBY J. R. MILLER THE divine will settles every-thing of duty. When weknow surely what our Mas-ter would have us do, thereis no longer the slightestquestion as to what weshould do. All we have to do then is to obey.We have nothing to do with the expediencyor the inexpediency of the command, withthe determining of its wisdom or unwisdom,with the question of its possibility or im-possibility.When the Master bade Peter push out intothe deep and let down his nets for a draught,the old fisherman promptly answered, "Atthy word, I will." He had learned the firstlesson in discipleship — prompt, cheerful, un-questioning obedience. According to ordi-nary fishing rules nothing would come fromobeying this command. Yet Peter did not[159]ifinDfng tl^e Wmthink of that. The word of the Master hadsupreme authority with him. It could not pos-sibly be mistaken. No appeal from it was tobe considered for a moment. So Peter an-swered unhesitatingly, "At thy word, I will."
 
Peter's example is to be followed in every caseby the Master's friends. The question of hu-man judgment or opinion is not to be consid-ered when Christ speaks. The best humanwisdom is fallible and may easily be mistaken.Men in authority may make mistakes of judg-ment by which those who are required to fol-low their direction shall be compelled to sufferharm or loss. On a battlefield a general's mis-take may result in the sacrifice of many lives.Somebody blundered and the six hundred rodeinto the valley of death. Ofttimes bad advicehas wrecked destinies. Even those who loveus most truly may err in the counsel they giveus, and may lead us into paths which are notgood.Many people suffer from the ignorance of those whom they trust as guides. But inJesus Christ we have a Leader who never[160]at m)v wovu,% Willerrs in wisdom. He never gives wrong ad-vice. He is never mistaken in his decision asto what we ought to do. We are absolutelysure that his commands are both right andwise. Our own opinion and judgment maybe against what he bids us do. It may seemto us from the human and earthly side thatthe course on which he is taking us can leadonly to disaster. In such cases, it is an im-measurable comfort to us to know that hisbiddings are always absolutely infallible.
 
When he bids us cast our nets in any par-ticular place, we may be perfectly sure thatwe shall draw them up full.Many of the things our Master calls us todo or to endure, do not seem to our eyes atthe time the best things. Much of our life isdisappointment. Sorrow comes ofttimes withits hot tears, its emptyings of the heart., itspain and bitterness. We do not know, whenwe set out on any bright, sunny path, intowhat experiences we shall be led. About adozen years ago, a noble young man marrieda sweet, beautiful girl. They were very[161]ifintims ti^e Wavhappy. Life began for them in a garden of roses. Only three bright years had passed,however, when the young wife broke down inhealth. She has been an invalid ever since,much of the time unable to leave her room.The burden has been a very heavy one for thehusband, requiring continual self-denial andsacrifice, besides the grief and anxiety it hasbrought.That was not the life these two dreamed of on their wedding morning. They thoughtonly of gladness and prosperity. It neveroccurred to them that sickness or any troublecould break into their paradise. But theMaster has made no mistake. Even already,to those who have watched their lives andnoted the fruit of the suffering in them, it isbecoming apparent that love and goodness

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