FAITH, HIDRACES AD HELPS BY SAMUEL PEIMA 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.