by persistent selfishness, turn to a poodle and try to make it fill the place of a friend ! So I have heard men in stress of trouble entreat me to pray for them, without a thought of praying for themselves, because, while God was drawing them to his ear by their afflictions, they fancied God had de- parted from them. The hopelessness of Saul's condition was that he mistook his own doings for God's, and, while the world was green and only his own glasses gray, fancied the world was gray and his glasses clear. The apparent truth of Saul's words comes from the fact that he was alienated from God. Their essential falsehood is in their saying that God had deserted him, when in fact he had deserted God. I. Recall the scene, — a valley three miles wide, running from northeast to southwest. orthward it swells upward into the hill Moreh. Its south side is Mount Gilboa. At the base of Gilboa flows the spring of 102 THE WORLD TO COME. Jezreel, a stream fifty yards wide. Upon the plain, north and west of Gilboa, the Philistines are encamped. South of the stream, upon the north slope of Gilboa, are Saul and his army. There is no reason for supposing that his forces were outnumbered by the enemy. That enemy was the Phi- listines, and the Philistines he had defeated many times. His position was impregnable.