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Christian Resting and Waiting.

Christian Resting and Waiting.

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BY F. D. HUNTINGTON, D. D.,

REST IN THE LORD, AND WAIT PATIENTLY FOR HIM.
Psalms xxxvii. 7.
BY F. D. HUNTINGTON, D. D.,

REST IN THE LORD, AND WAIT PATIENTLY FOR HIM.
Psalms xxxvii. 7.

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CHRISTIAN RESTING AND WAITING. BY F. D. HUNTINGTON, D. D.,REST IN THE LORD, AND WAIT PATIENTLY FOR HIM. Psalms xxxvii. 7. IT has been sometimes believed that the common dis tinction between active virtues and passive virtues is unreal. And the suspicion gains strength when one is arrested by some such tranquil, ponderous thought as this, out of the old Hebrew faith. Hebrew faith, and not Hebrew philosophy. For philosophy, Hebrew, Greek, German or Scotch, Oriental or Western, with all her wealth, never gave to the world so rich a piece of wisdom as this simple precept ; never let in, by all her speculations and discoveries, so clear and steady a light on the dark problems of human destiny as shines in this artless confession of David s piety. David was a monarch and a sage ; but his royalty blessed his people with no protection so secure and no campaign so profit able, his sagacity contrived no maxim so profound, as when he said, in his psalm, " Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him." It was a more illustrious honor to the great Israelite, we should say, to have uttered that divine truth to his audience, an audience reaching from Jerusalem around the globe, and down history till
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25 292 CHRISTIAN RESTING AND WAITING. sorrow ceases, to have cast that unpretending word on the everlasting stream of spiritual life,* to have added that imperishable tribute to mankind s stock of holy confidence, than to have carried victory over an hun dred battle-fields against the Philistines, or even to have planned the Temple for Mount Zion. For he who com municates a spiritual impulse to human souls does a diviner work than the builders of empire or of temples made with hands. One of our hardest lessons is to find out the wisdom of our hindrances ; how we are to be put forward and upward by being put back and put down ; encouraged by being rebuked ; prospered by being baffled. When the company in the " Pilgrim s Progress " had to sit up watching all night at the house of Gaius, Great-heart kept them awake with this riddle, " He that would kill must first be overcome ; " and the truth in it has been practically dug out, by trials that broke sleep,
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through many a hard fortune, in every Christian expe rience since. It needs wakeful watchers, spiritual eye sight, to read that riddle of life, how defeat helps pro gress ; how a compulsory standing still speeds us on ; how humiliation exalts ; how putting a cross on the shoulders lightens the burden of the race. But Christ has solved the wonder in his own cross, humbling him self, becoming obedient unto death, and in his humili ation having his judgment taken away. Gradually, to believing eyes, the fact comes out. Standing still at the right time, in the right way, for the right purpose, is the surest advance. Waiting on God brings us to our journey s end faster than our feet. The failure of our favorite plans is often the richest suc cess of the soul, Let the pressure of trouble drive you CHRISTIAN RESTING AND WAITING. 293 down from your heights of health and pride, and you will come upon the primary foundation, and grow strong out of the rock. Be exiled from the convivial fellowships of comfort and popularity, and you make new acquaintances with stronger friends, Christian
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