“3 (3) THE TESTIMONY OF THE SAINTS.-Hast thou not heard? Where have been thine ears? This has not been told in secret, nor whispered in the dark places of the earth. It has been a commonplace with every generation of God’s people, that the Lord fainteth not, neither is weary. He never takes up a case to drop it. He never begins to build a character to leave it when it is half complete. He cannot be exhausted by the rebellion, back-sliding, or fickleness of his children. Were this not so, heaven would have missed some of it’s noblest inhabitants. Jacob, David, Peter, and myriads more, are trophies of the unwearied pains which God takes with those whom He adopts into his family. It is quite true that He may seem to forsake and plunge the soul into needless trial; this, however, is no indication that He has tired of his charge, but only that He could not fulfil the highest blessedness of some soul He loved, save by sternest discipline. “There is no searching of his understanding.”
There is another point on which all saints are agreed, that neither weariness nor fainting are barriers to the forthputting of God’s might. On the contrary, they possess an infinite attractiveness to his nature. We have seen a little weakling child draw to it’s cot some strong and burly man, the champion athlete of the countryside. Such a spell can weakness exert over might, and helplessness over helpfulness. It is the burden of Scripture that the strong should bear the infirmities of the weak, and not please themselves. Such is the Law of God’s existence. All that He is and He has He holds in trust for us, and most for those who need most.
In point of fact, many of us are too strong, self-reliant, and resourceful to get the best that God can do. Wait a little, till thy strength begins to faint beneath the burdens and the noon-tide heat, till the energy that was thy boast has slowly ebbed away, and thou art left without might. Then the Mighty One of Jacob will draw nigh thee, and impart both power and strength. Jacob must halt on his thigh ere he can prevail with God and man. They that wait on God, renew their strength. It is new strength for each new duty and trial. As each fresh demand is made on them they receive some fresh baptism, some unrealized enduement. Ah, happy art, nearly forgotten in these busy days! Nothing, not even youthful genius and vigour, can be a substitute for this! The graduation is a remarkable one. At first sight it would appear that it should pass from walking to running, and from this to flying; but the order is reversed, as though it were easier to mount with wings than walk without fainting, And so, indeed it is. Any racehorse will start at full speed; but how few have staying power! The tyro in cycling will go at full pelt; but only the experienced rider can walk or stand. To pursue the common track of daily duty-not faltering nor growing weary-to do so when novelty has worn off, when the elasticity of youth has vanished, when the applause of the crowd has become dim and faint-this is the greatest achievement of the Christian Life. For this earthly and human strength will not avail. But God is all-sufficient. Never faint nor weary Himself, He is able to infuse such resistless energy into the soul that waits on Him, that if it mounts, it shall be on eagles-wing; if it runs, it will not weary; if it walks, it will not faint.”
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a treasure trove!
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All Glory be to God!