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Faith, Hindrances and Helps

Faith, Hindrances and Helps

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BY SAMUEL PENNIMAN LEEDS


By faith Abraham — : By faith Isaac — : By faith Jacob. —

HeB, Xi. 8, 20, 21.

Jesus said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye be-
lieve on him whom he hath sent. — John vi. 29.
BY SAMUEL PENNIMAN LEEDS


By faith Abraham — : By faith Isaac — : By faith Jacob. —

HeB, Xi. 8, 20, 21.

Jesus said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye be-
lieve on him whom he hath sent. — John vi. 29.

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FAITH, HIDRACES AD HELPS BY SAMUEL PEIMA LEEDS By faith Abraham — : By faith Isaac — : By faith Jacob. — HeB, Xi. 8, 20, 21. Jesus said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye be- lieve on him whom he hath sent. — John vi. 29. The patriarchs whom I have named I have chosen from among others mentioned in the eleventh chapter of Hebrews, in part because they were plain men. David was a king, Joseph was a great king's prime minister, Moses transcended any monarch. But these three were wanderers in a for- eign land, having no fixed home, dwellers in tents by one and another fountain, or in one and another grove. They are better exemplars for us, then, in some respects, than if they had occupied the high places of the earth. I only add, that from a simply 2 CHRISTIA PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE natural point of view, — from such a point of view, then, as we were never meant to take, — their course does not seem a wise one; that of their kinsman, Lot, much more so. Commonly, no course that is to be fruitful in grand results appears quite wise at the time to the world around. Faith is almost always irrational in the eyes of a merely worldly wisdom.
 
It was to descendants of these men that our Lord Jesus said, in answer to the in- quiry what they should do that they might work the works of God,^» — the works which God commanded them, — " This is the work " — the supreme work — *' of God, that ye believe on him whom He hath sent," i. e. receive me as your heaven-sent Leader and Redeemer. And this is the word to all later generations of all peoples, to us to-day and to each of us, — receive Christ Jesus as Saviour and Lord. To do this is the consummate manifestation of that faith which the patriarchs practiced, the faith which is described in the first verse of the eleventh chapter of Hebrews, like an inscription over the great entrance to Westminster Abbey. " Faith (I quote FAITH: HIDRACES AD HELPS 3 our American Revised Version) is assurance of things hoped for, a conviction of things not seen." I wish to speak briefly this morning of some of the obstacles and a few of the encouragements to that faith. One chief obstacle is that its objects are out of sight. To a great degree Faith says, To-morrow. The world says (or self, as it interprets the world, says), To-day. Abra- ham, Isaac, and Jacob " looked for a city whose builder and maker is God." The world says, " Here is a city, if not that city ; seek no farther ; rest and enjoy nowT This is one of the greatest hindrances to Faith.
 
She confessedly lays chief stress on To-mor- row, while worldliness claims the right to say To-day. And we are so much like chil- dren — even if children of a larger growth  — that we want our good things right off. Listen to Bunyan : " I saw, moreover, in my dream that the Interpreter took Chris- tian by the hand and led him into a little room where sat two little children, each one in his chair. The name of the eldest was Passion, and the name of the other 4 CHRISTIA PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE Patience. Passion seemed to be much dis- contented, but Patience was very quiet. Then Christian asked, What is the reason of the discontent of Passion ? The Inter- preter answered, The governor of them would have him stay for his best things till the beginning of the next year, but he will have them all now, but Patience is willing to wait. Then I saw that one came to Passion and brought him a bag of trea- sure and poured it down at his feet ; the which he took up and rejoiced therein, and withal laughed Patience to scorn. But I beheld but a while, and he had lavished all away, and had nothing left him but rags. Then said Christian to the Interpreter, Expound this matter more fully to me. So he said : These two lads are figures ; Pas- sion, of the men of this world, and Pa- tience, of the men of that which is to come ; for as here thou seest. Passion will have all now, this year, that is to say, in this world, so are the men of this world; they must have all their good things now ; they

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