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BY REV. ASHTON OXENDEN



This is a brighter and more welcome subject.
And, happily, the anxious Christian need not
look far for Encouragements. His journey may
have been wearisome and difficult, but he has
abundant comforts by the way. If he is in
the 'pathway of safety^ there is many a refresh-
ing spring by the roadside to cheer him. He
may "drink of the brook in the way," and
thus be enabled to "lift up the head." Psalm
ex. 7.

BY REV. ASHTON OXENDEN



This is a brighter and more welcome subject.
And, happily, the anxious Christian need not
look far for Encouragements. His journey may
have been wearisome and difficult, but he has
abundant comforts by the way. If he is in
the 'pathway of safety^ there is many a refresh-
ing spring by the roadside to cheer him. He
may "drink of the brook in the way," and
thus be enabled to "lift up the head." Psalm
ex. 7.

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ECOURAGEMETS. BY REV. ASHTO OXEDEThis is a brighter and more welcome subject. And, happily, the anxious Christian need not look far for Encouragements. His journey may have been wearisome and difficult, but he has abundant comforts by the way. If he is in the 'pathway of safety^ there is many a refresh- ing spring by the roadside to cheer him. He may "drink of the brook in the way," and thus be enabled to "lift up the head." Psalm ex. 7. How many sweet and precious promises in God's word are made specially to him! He may take them to himself, and derive abundant encouragement from them. The Bible is like "the pillar of the cloud," which followed the Israelites: it was all light to them; but it was all darkness to the Egyptians. (Exodus 239 240 ECOURAGEMEXTS. xiv. 20.) So the Scriptures speak with a voice of cheering encouragement to God's children : hut thej are full of threatenings to the worldly. Be of good courage, then, my fellow- Christian, and go on your way rejoicing. I am permitted to address you with words of encouragement. 1. G-od is YOUR Crod. You were brought
 
into covenant with Him in baptism. And since that time you have deliberately chosen Him as your portion. What an unspeakable bless- ing to be permitted to say of Him who made the world, and rules in heaven — of Him who is all-wise and all-mighty — This God is my God ! Seek to realize God's presence as much as possible. Believe that He is near you, with you, by your side, though you see Him not. Wherever you are, and whatever you are doing, remember God is there. Speak often to Him. Converse with Him as with a Friend. Hold communion with Him. Lift up your heart to Him constantly. This is "walking with God,*' as Enoch walked. Gen. v. 22. And who can tell the blessedness of such a walk? You will enjoy a peace which the world cannot disturb. Its troubles and vexa- ECOURAGEMETS. 241 tions may come close to you, but tliey cannot hurt you. You may take tliem as your ap- pointed portion, without being distressed by them. You may even look down upon them, and smile at them, with the happy feeling that they will soon pass away, like clouds that will presently give place to a bright and lasting sunshine. Look upon God as your Father. This ia your privilege. This blessed feeling of rela- tionship will draw out your confidence and affection towards him. He is your Father ; and therefore He will deny you nothing which is for your good. " He that spared not His
 
own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall He not with him also freely give us all things?" (Rom. viii. 32.) He is your Father ; and, therefore, all that He does must he well. This will reconcile you to every trial, and sweeten every pain. Again, He is your Father ; and will you not feel it your greatest pleasure to do His willy not in some things, but in all things; not in great things merely, but also in each little work of life? Oh, cherish this idea, that God is, indeed, your Father ; and this will make every duty pleasant, and every burden light. Daily and 21 242 ECOURAGEMETS. hourly call this relationship to mind. For instance, is the Bible spread out before you? Say to yourself, " It is my Father s book ; it is His voice that speaks to me in it ; here He makes known to me exactly what he would have me do." Are you going to church? Let this thought be in your mind, " It is my Father s house. There will He be to meet me ; to hear all my wants ; to listen to my voice, as I pour out my thanks ; and to give me directions as to the course He would have me follow." Does affliction come to you? Comfort your- self with the feeling, '' It is my Father s rod : I will kiss it as it smites me." Are you called to some difficult work, which you plainly see to be your duty? Say to yourself, "It is my Father s business : 1 will cheerfully engage in it for His dear sake." Are your plans crossed and thwarted ? — ^^So my Father orders it : His will be done !"

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