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BY J. R. MILLER


NO true work for God ever fails.
Was there ever in this world
such other apparent failure as
there was in the life of Jesus
at the close of the day he died? Nothing
seemed to be left. The Cross had buried in
black floods of shame all that was beautiful
and worth while in that blessed life. Even
the little handful of followers he had gathered
about him during his troubled years had lost
all confidence in him as the Messiah. Yet we
know that what seemed failure was most glo-
rious success.
BY J. R. MILLER


NO true work for God ever fails.
Was there ever in this world
such other apparent failure as
there was in the life of Jesus
at the close of the day he died? Nothing
seemed to be left. The Cross had buried in
black floods of shame all that was beautiful
and worth while in that blessed life. Even
the little handful of followers he had gathered
about him during his troubled years had lost
all confidence in him as the Messiah. Yet we
know that what seemed failure was most glo-
rious success.

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IMPOSSIBLE TO FAILBY J. R. MILLER NO true work for God ever fails.Was there ever in this worldsuch other apparent failure asthere was in the life of Jesusat the close of the day he died? Nothingseemed to be left. The Cross had buried inblack floods of shame all that was beautifuland worth while in that blessed life. Eventhe little handful of followers he had gatheredabout him during his troubled years had lostall confidence in him as the Messiah. Yet weknow that what seemed failure was most glo-rious success. The history of Christianitythese nineteen centuries is the story of theinfluence of Jesus.When you have done your duty daily,when you have been true to God in your work,in your witnessing, it is impossible that youhave failed. Sometime — it may be yearshence — but sometime the good will be appar-[45]Cfjingg tijat O&tiiureent and the blessing from your faithfulnesswill be wrought out before the eyes of theworld. It is not the noise we make that pro-duces impressions. Nor are the visible re-sults the truest and deepest. Teachers some-times feel that their work with their pupils
 
has failed because they do not see the tearfuleye after the tender lesson and the instantchange in the life after the earnest appeal.The preacher thinks his work has failed be*cause his sermons do not draw crowds and donot leave startling results. The best work iswrought in the silence. Said Frederick W.Robertson : "For teachers — What is success ?Not in the flushing of a pupil's cheek or theglistening of an attentive eye ; not in the shin-ing results of an examination, does your realsuccess lie. It lies in that invisible influenceon character which He alone can read whocounted the seven thousand nameless ones inIsrael. For ministers — what is ministerialsuccess? Crowded churches, full aisles, at-tentive congregations, the approval of theworld, much impression produced? Elijah[46]thought so, and when he discovered his mis-take and found out that the Carmel applausesubsided into hideous silence, his heart wellnigh broke with disappointment. Ministerialsuccess lies in altered lives and obedient, hum-ble hearts."We should set it down as a principle, thatonly as God works in us will our work havepower, and that ordinarily God works silently.Elijah waited, and a terrible storm sweptamong the mountain crags ; but the Lord wasnot in the storm. Next there was an earth-quake and the mountain was shaken to itsbase ; but the Lord was not in the earthquake.Then came fire — the lightning leaped fromcliff to cliff and the deep gorges blazed ; butthe Lord was not in the fire. When these
 
startling manifestations of energy were goneby, then God came. There was "a still smallvoice" — "a sound of gentle stillness" — andthat was God.How silently the sunbeams pour down allday long ! No one hears their falling. Yetwhat mighty energy there is in them ! What[47]Cfringg tfmt <£nburewonderful results they produce ! How silentlythe dew comes down in the darkness ; yet inthe summer morning all the leaves and flowersand grasses are gemmed as with diamonds,and there is new life everywhere in field andgarden and forest. So it is in all life. It isnot noise nor sensation that produces truespiritual results; it is God in us, the Spiritworking through us, the love of God breath-ing in our words, in our acts, in our life. Weknow how silently Christ wrought. His voicewas not heard in the streets. The Spirit of God moves upon men's hearts and changesthem, but no one hears the Spirit's move-ments.But if we work thus, hiding ourselves awayand letting God use us, and if we are true andfaithful to our duty, our work shall neverfail. Sometime, somewhere, there will beblessing from it. We may not see results atonce. Our pupils may go away from our mostearnest teaching apparently unimpressed.Sorrowing ones may appear to receive no com-

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