“The righteous shall hold on his way.” (Job 17:9)
“Reader! How comforting to you amid the ebbings and flowings of your changing history, to know that the change is all with you, and not with your God!
Your spiritual vessel may be tossed on waves of temptation, in many a dark midnight. You may think your pilot has left you, and be ready continually to say, “Where is my God?” But fear not! The ship which bears your spiritual destiny is in better hands than yours; a golden chain of covenant love links it to the eternal throne! That chain can never snap asunder.
He who holds it in His hand gives you this as the pledge of your safety—“Because I live, you shall live also.”
“Why are you then cast down, O my soul? and why are you disquieted within me? hope in God!” You will assuredly ride out these stormy surges, and reach the desired haven.
But be faithful with yourself: see that there be nothing to hinder or impede your growth in grace. Think how little may retard your progress. One sin indulged—one temptation tampered with—one bosom traitor, may cost you many a bitter hour and bitter tear, by separating between you and your God.
Make it your daily prayer, ‘Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.’ “
John MacDuff, The Faithful Promiser