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can get any peace, or joy, or hope ; scorching heat ; to-day it seems a: they just need to be emptied entirely there would not be a winter chill again, of self-confidence, and to lie down at or blighting blast of frost to check. the feet of the Omnipotent God, Wait a little, and more of the blossoms crying, " Save me.” They need to be will be lying on the ground than are left reminded often of this, and to be on the tree ; and so it is in the spiritual taught to lie simply in the arms of life. There are many summer Christheir God and Father, just as the tians; there are few, few winter Chrisweaned child does in its mother's arms; tians, who can stand out reproach for to resign all confidence but in the arm Jesus' name. Well, what proves man of Jehovah, all wisdom but the wisdom to be a Christian is, that, in the hour of Emanuel, every source of enjoy- of trial, he is still the same; others ment sometimes but the one pure, may flee, others may mock, and others lasting, uncreated source of joy, even may fall; but the grace of his God is God himself, in whom they may rejoice with him still. Do not fear trials, continually. Oh, that his own might beloved friends, if you have got within become wearied of trusting in the you the grace of Emanuel ; for, when creature! Oh, that we were contented grace is put into the fire, it never to drink deep, full draughts of the burns, never is consumed—it stands Divine consolations! This is what we the test. Put gold into the crucible, require trials to teach us. It is only it will take no harm; it may melt, but by trials that we can be enabled to it will come out the purer and more say, “ All my well-springs are in Thee.” precious. Fear not that trials will AN, believer, this is what you must ever extinguish grace in your soul ; seek after, this is what you must strive all that is of God will remain unafter, even to rejoice in God alone; to touched. Put into the crucible any withdraw yourselves much from every imitation of gold, it will not stand the other, and to get your comfort from fire merely because it resembled gold. him, and your joy from him. Be Ah, no! Therefore, when your promuch alone with him, that intimate fession of Christ is put into the furcommunion, as well as union with him, nace, God's work in you will stand for may be enjoyed, that in all things your ever ; man's part of it will be immewills may be subjected unto his. It is diately consumed, it will just drop into sad to think that the wills of his chosen the flame like tinsel, and fall into dross. should so often remain perverse and Fear not that God's furnace will mar rebellious. It is what they have no the work of his own hands. right to be.
He doeth as he will Look at Job. Few of you are likely among the armies of heaven and to be tried as he was, yet he held his amidst the inhabitants of the earth ; confidence firm to the end ; if a beand, to a sincere and humbled believer, liever could have fallen, it would have God's will is the best of all reasons, been Job. Afflicted by strange beremembering that Jehovah giveth not reavements, by the loss of substance, account of any of his matters, but will forsaken by his religious friends, upperform all his pleasure, whatever his braided by them as one given up by children may wish or desire to have ; God, pursued on the one hand by his and they have only to say, in answer, partner-his wicked partner-to curse “ The Lord gave and the Lord hath God and die, pressed by inward doubts taken away ; blessed be the name of and rebellion, and tempted by the the Lord.”
great enemy to deny the Lord his Remark again the wonderful manner God, what could he do? Yet the Lord in which God's children are always supported him, healed his disease, re. supported under trial and suffering, stored his substance, blessed him with whether of body or mind, or from out. children again, and gave him the vicward causes; here, also, we discover tory over all his enemies ; having enawho are, and who are not, his children. bled him throughout and at the worst There is many a summer Christian, to say, " Though he slay me, yet will many a one who begins well and ends I trust in him. Notice in passing the in perdition; just as at present the peculiar manner in which he was blossom covers the trees, because the allieted by the wickedness of his partdays are bright and the nights are ner; this is a state of severe trial in mild, and there is neither storm nor which God's children have often been
placed, sometimes in the course of He kindles, for my profit purely, providences, or as it oftener happens
Allliction's glowing fiery brand, by their own frowardness and self. And all his heaviest blows are surely Hill , for which they are sooner or later
Intlicted by a laster-bland : punished. Very probably Job knew So I say, praying, As God will! not the true character of his wife till And hope in him, and suffer still.” afliction came upon him ; but trials always bring out these secrets, and porr she was to him as a broken reed in his darkest hour, calling on him to
“ PRISONERS OF HOPE." corse Jehovah and draw down perdi
“ Patient in tribulation." tion upon his own soul. And I doubt not that Lot only discovered the true for the following extracts from a Biblecharacter of his partner when they had woman's Journal we are indebted to the begun to flee from Sodom, or at least " Book and its Missions.” May a perusal that he may never have known till of the touching narrative be sanctified to then the full extent of her wickedness some of those who are tempted to think and hypocrisy.
their afflictions “ too heavy to bear'':
Let us cross Bedford Square, and pass by the Broadway, St. Giles's, penetrate down Drury Lane, and opposite the
grand theatre fresh risen from its ashes, GOD'S ANVIL.
turn into one court out of Bow Street, Tribulation means threshing, and Trench, in his and up another, where we shall find excellent little treatise on the study of words, has many a house once in the possession of carried out the figure, showing that it is only by wealthy tenants, but now let, in separate freshing us that God separates the wheat from rooms, from top to bottom. At one door the chaff. Here is a precious little morsel which we notice five bells for the five floors ; somebody bas clipped from an old paper, and sent the stairs are clean, and the flights many. to us, credited to the German of Julius Sturm,” Ascending the highes we enter a room, and which will speak touchingly to many a heart in which a tent-bed has dark curtains which has been put into the furnace of affliction.- drawn almost all round it.
On that bed lies another great sufferer, "I HOLD STILL."
Ann J- A short time since, the
welcome hand of death seemed about to Pain's furnace heat within me quivers,
release her from her long life of sorrow. God's breath upon the flame doth blow, It is thirty-one years this May since, in And all my heart in anguish shivers, hurrying to open the door to a doctor, And trembles at the fiery glow :
she fell down stairs with a child in her And yet I whisper, As God will !
arms; the babe was unhurt, but she sufAnd, in his hottest fire, hold still.
fered concussion of the brain, and has
never since that period known a day of He comes and lays my heart, all heated, health. She had then a kind husband, a On the hard anvil, minded so
smith by trade, and a Christian man, who Into his own fair shape to beat it With his great hammer, blow by blow:
had everything done that could be done, And yet I whisper, As God will!
within his power, to relieve and comfort
her. When he died, sixteen years ago, And, at his heaviest blows, hold still.
she lost her all, and was left with three He takes my softened heart and beats it;
daughters, one of them deformed, and The sparks fly off at every blow;
very weakly. He turns it o'er and o'er, and heats it,
Previously to this loss she herself And lets it cool, and makes it glow;
attempted a little needle-work, lying on And yet I whisper, As God will!
her back; but a large tumour formed And, in his mighty hand, hold still.
round her neck, and she has now lain,
for sixteen years, with her head in a Why should I murmur? for the sorrow
plate, to preserve it from the heat of the Thus only longer-lived would be;
pillow, a proof of how much and how Its end may come, and will, to-morrow,
long poor human nature may suffer and When God has done his work in me:
not die, and a proof that a soul inhabiting So I say, trusting, As God will!
such an afflicted body may yet praise the And, trusting to the end, hold still.
Lord for his goodness and for his won
derful works among the children of men. “She had a blanket given her during We think we never heard a testimony to the very cold weather ; and as she felt it the goodness of God so servent as from so warm and comfortable, she could not within those curtains.
help thinking of Him who had nowhere It is said of the Most High, in the to lay his head. 33rd Psalm, that “ from the place of his "Oh! I also delight to meditate, as habitation he looketh upon all the inhabi. I lay here, on the sufferings of my tants of the earth ;" that “his eye is Saviour,' she feebly whispered. I have upon them that hope in his mercy,” and been in this state thirty-one years come that their hearts shall rejoice in him, May.' (If I had known this before, I because they have trusted in his holy should hardly have spoken of Sarah's six
teen years' confinement.). Then, surely, the eye of a loving Lord "Thirty-one years,' I observed, is a is on this attic in D- Court. Let us long time to look forward to, or even to hear the witness that this text is true look back upon, now ; but a thousand from its humble tenants, conveyed years hence, when you think about it, it through a visitor, on whose truth we can will appear but as a 'light affliction, rely. It is the record of the first visit, enduring for a moment, and then eternity paid at the moment when Mrs. J- will hardly be begun.' (Another elevation was supposed to be so near her end :- of the hand.)
“I asked if I might speak to the suf- "I quoted the text, “In my Father's ferer, through the closely-drawn curtains. house there are many mansions. I go to She seemed to have a constant sense of prepare a place for you.'. suffocation from the tumour, added to the «« Yes,' said she, with all the energy intense pain in her head. She could not her feeble frame would allow, that's a speak above the lowest whisper, so that reality.' I hardly heard what she said; but the “ I felt as if I had been convicted of very soft voice and the expressions used repeating the text without believing it, so would have given the impression that she clear were her convictions, as expressed had been an educated person, before she in those few unexpected words. fell into her present state of distress. “On a second visit, she was unex
"I asked her how long this struggle pectedly found to be somewhat revived ; had lasted, and remarked that it would but her feeble daughter, on whom their soon be over, and that I supposed she support mainly depends, and who suffers would be quite willing to go home. She from spinal complaint and asthma, had raised her hand in a manner that gave been too ill to work at her business of emphasis to the 'Oh, yes, which she dressmaking, and they had begun to feel could hardly utter.
the pressure of want. A gentleman, "And,' I added, quite willing to stay also, who for three years had kindly given as long as it shall please God to detain them occasional help, had just gone away you on this bed of pain?' I listened for to reside in France. She, therefore, exher answer, till she breathed out, pressed her deep gratitude to God for a Hardly so! I am longing to depart. new friend, and the daughter's reply to My sufferings have been so intense. The the assistance afforded was, “This is as if waves and the billows have gone over me! it came straight from the clouds.' The Oh, to be released !'
promise of half-a-crown a week was “I then told her of poor ‘Sarah,' who received as if it were, in their sight, had been confined to her bed for sixteen unbounded riches. years, and could not raise her hand to her “I told her the benefit received by those mouth, yet was so happy in her solitude who were allowed to minister to her was that she declared that she would not probably greater than to herself, for they change places with the Queen-a happi- seeing her confidence in God, in her ness which arose from knowing that her heavy affliction, would be encouraged sins were forgiven, and feeling assured afresh to trust in him. This idea filled that Jesus had loved her. She raised her her pleasant brown eyes with joy. “I do hand in the same expressive way. cast,' she said, “all my care upon him;
“« That poor woman, who has been so but I feel dark at times. Yet what a long confined to her bed, is,' I said, mercy it is that during all these years I
willing to stay or go, just as it shall have never had my bed taken from under please the Lord.' She made another ex- me. I often thank God for that.' pressive motion with her hand.
" She then told me how she had
rejoiced to hear of the prayer-meetingsing. Our home heathenism was growduring the first week in January, this ing. The Church began to see, as year; that she had sent requests that she she had never seen before, the gigantic right be remembered in the supplications, disficulties of the task in which she and also notices of the cases of some for was engaged. She felt her weakness whom she desired the prayers, of the ser-1-she cast herself in the dust before vants of God. Christian friends brought God-she began to besiege his throne accounts of the meetings to her, so she with strong cries. Then it was that had been continually present in spirit, the clouds gathered and that the rain and her fervent prayers had ascended began to fall. from that lone room, in unison with Å few weeks ago we were turning those world-wide supplications. over, for another purpose, a file of
“As she is obliged to be continually American newspapers. The papers were screened from the light, she cannot see of the date of 1856 and 1857, a year to read a small Bible for herself, and her or two before the commencement of poor daughter is often too ill to read aloud. the revival on the other side of the Her little granddaughter now reads to her Atlantic. Our eye was caught by the her in a very large print copy of the Psalms numerous paragraphs in the columns with which we have supplied her. The of these papers, under such headings word of God is very precious to her, even as “Prayer-Meetings,” “Union Prayeras conveyed through the broken spelling Meeting. These prayer - meetings, and hesitating utterance of the simple we found, were announced specially child. Its mother was the babe in arms for “the outpouring of the Holy when Ann J— met with her accident. Spirit.” We had accidentally lighted This little one is a great comfort to her, upon curious and most interesting and she hopes a good work of God is evidence of what had gone before the going on in her heart. They would not revival. We could look, as it were, know what to do without the child, who into the towns and villages of Canada fetches them everything, and runs up and and the United States, and we saw downstairs for them.
men assembled to pray for the Spirit. “The visits of the Bible-woman will We heard the inhabitants of one city here be very welcome, and needful both saying to the inhabitants of another to soul and body in this distressing case. city, Come, and let us pray before Her mission among the most lawless and the Lord.” We had previously been the lowest of the people deserves, now told, as doubtless our readers also had and then, to be varied by entrance on been told, that a season of prayer, of scenes such as are to be found by the earnest and united prayer, had prebedsides of our three thankful cripples.” ceded the movement; but to read the
evidence of the fact, to read the record of these prayers, as published in the
journals of the day by men who were POWER OF PRAYER ILLUS- all unwitting of the glorious results TRATED IN THE REVIVAL. that were about to follow, deeply im
pressed us, and enabled us to realise There is one lesson of great signifi- the connection between the revival cance which has been specially and and prayer more vividly than we had pre-eminently taught by the revival. ever realised it before. We felt as if That lesson is the eflicacy of prayer. we looked into the deep and secret In former cras it has been usual with springs of the movement. We felt God to employ the gifts of his ser- as if the power by which the world Fants, the courage of one, the elo- was to be couverted was laid bare to quence of another, in reviving his us. We saw what instrumentality it work. It has not been so on this was that brought down this blessed occasion. After a half-century's labour, rain. the Church came to take a review of The great lesson, then, as it appears what had been accomplished. She to us, which God is teaching by this saw that all that had been done was revival, is the efficacy of prayer. And as nothing compared with the efforts the lesson was needed-much needed. which had been expended. The great The world had grown sceptical of the systems of idolatry were still stand-power of prayer. Proud of the in
POWER OF PRAYER ILLUSTRATED IN THE REVIVAL.
sight it had obtained into the laws of ferring individual blessings. She nature, the world laughed to scorn the looked for no such movement as would idea that prayer could control or affect the world, and be “a time of modify the course of these laws. It refreshing from the presence of the knew but of two forces at the service Lord.” How signally has her unbelief of man; mechanical force, by which been rebuked! She has been emphati. man triumphs over the elements, and caily taught that God hears prayer, and moral force, by which he sways the that it is indeed a fact that prayer minds of his fellows. But of a force moves the arm that moves the universe. dwelling in the heavens, which comes Let her not forget the lesson. Let her in answer to prayer, and works a continue to pray, and God will continue sudden change on the views, the feel- to answer. We shall see greater things ings, and the characters of vast mul- than these. titudes, the world knew not. It did The Church has been taught, too, not believe in such a thing. It placed the efficacy of united prayer. this belief in the class of exploded prayer, as in other matters, union is fallacies and superstitions. The pro- strength. If the fervent prayer of one gress of philosophy and science had righteous man availeth much, how utterly dispelled all such delusions ; much more that of two or of many ? and if prayer now possessed an atom So have we been specially told. “I of power, or could accomplish the say unto you,” says Christ, “that if slightest good, it was a good confined two of you shall agree on earth as entirely to the mind of the man offer- touching anything that they shall ask, ing it-it soothed and tranquilised him, it shall be done for them of my Father but it had no prevalency with Him to who is in heaven.” Will not the whom it was offered. Prayer could prayers of God's people, each one not alter his purpose, or bring down praying apart in his own closet, be from above special help, in the way of answered ? Doubtless. But their supactual manifestation and deliverance. plications have greater efficacy when But these atheistical notions have been they meet and offer them in common. awfully rebuked. A supernatural in. And the reason is obvious. There is fluence has fallen upon the world. more of union and communion among Effects have been produced utterly saints, which God delights to behold. beyond the power of man to accom- There is more consent regarding the plish, and that in quarters where the blessing asked. The one helps to slightest suspicion of collusion cannot heighten the fervency and strengthen be entertained. And further, it is the faith of the other. And God is, undeniable that the descent of this as it were, pledged before the Church mysterious and superhuman influence and the world to answer those requests has been closely consequent on re- which have been unitedly and openly peated and earnest prayer that such an presented to his throne. As regards influence might be shed down. Philo. the present revival, God has specially sophy is nonplussed, as was the science put honour upon united prayer; for in of Egypt of old before the miracles of answer to such prayers is it that this Moses. And if the world does not revival has been sent. It was felt that yet confess itself convinced, it is unable the great want of the age was the outto conceal that it is confounded and pouring of the Holy Spirit, and Chrisawed by this dispensation.
tians began with singular unanimity The lesson was scarce less needed by and harmony to pray that the Spirit the Church. If not theoretically, yet might be shed down. For this great practically, the Church disbelieved in blessing have supplications ascended, the efficacy, of prayer. Cold and as with one voice, from America on the formal were her prayers. They seemed west, to India on the east. Who can more the cry of despair than the voice fail to see in the revival an answer to of hope. She knew that God answered the united cry of the Church? prayer in former times, and that he And may we not hope that the would answer it in the good times to answer will be as universal as the come ; but she scarce believed that he prayer has been ? In all lands, from would answer it now. Or, if he should furthest west to the distant east, God's answer prayer, it would be upon a people have met, and have sent up their small scale, and in the way of con-united supplications to the throne of