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The Frightened Voyagers.

The Frightened Voyagers.

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BY JOSEPH A. SEISS,. D., LL.D., L.H.D.,


And He said unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? —
Matt. 8 : 26.
BY JOSEPH A. SEISS,. D., LL.D., L.H.D.,


And He said unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? —
Matt. 8 : 26.

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THE FRIGHTENED VOYAGERS. BY JOSEPH A. SEISS,. D., LL.D., L.H.D.,And He said unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? — Matt. 8 : 26. HE Speaker here referred to was Christ. The place was on board a boat on the inland sea of Galilee. The occasion ^ was the alarm and outcries of the dis-ciples in the midst of a terrific storm. The whole scene was one of impressive sublimity, beautifully described by the Evangelist in a few simple sen-tences, and full of suggestive significance. That sea is a picture of this world. Those afloat upon it represent the voyage of life. And that storm symbolizes the adversities and troubles often encountered in this voyage. I. It appears, then, first of all, that the follow-ing of Christ sometimes brings into very trying scenes. He went aboard this boat, and took His disciples with Him into the storm. Christianity does not exempt from trials in this world. The
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following of Jesus may save from many a sorrow, but there are others into which it leads. This was specially true of the first Christians. Earthly life is like that Tiberian lake, some-100 FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY. lOI times calm and beautiful, but frequently thrown into violent commotion, often lashed with furious tempests. And our way lies through that lake. The Saviour himself said, "In the world ye shall have tribulation;" and that word has held true in every age. If any one expects to reach the happy land without encountering storms and trou-bles of one sort or another, he will be greatly disappointed. But all such experiences have in them a good and beneficent purpose, or the Saviour would not lead His followers into them. They are not acci-dental. They belong to a divine system so or-dered as to make "all things work together for
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good to them that love God." This storm ori Genessaret was not unforeseen by the Saviour, but was meant to give and impress lessons which could not otherwise be so well taught. These disciples needed to be made more sensible of their own helplessness and their dependence on their Lord. They needed to be more deeply convinced of His abundant power and sufficiency in every emergency. He had wrought many great and wonderful things on land ; but there they had some chance for helping themselves. It remained for Him to show the greatness of His power over the winds and the sea, where they had no recourse but in his almightiness. And some beneficent results are contemplated in all the troubles and aflflictions of the saints. Hence we are exhorted not to think it strange that fiery trials come, as though they were something quite I02 THE FRIGHTENED VOYAGERS. out of the ordinary range of things ; but to look upon them as from God, meant to try, purify,
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