Deu 32:12 So the LORD alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him.
Almighty Parent delights to conduct the tender nestlings of His care to
the very edge of the precipice, and even to thrust them off into the
steeps of air, that they may learn their possession of unrealized power
of flight, to be forever a luxury;
And if, in the attempt, they be
exposed to unwonted peril, He is prepared to swoop beneath them, and to
bear them upward on His mighty pinions.
When God brings any of His
children into a position of unparalleled difficulty, they may always
count upon Him to deliver them.
~The Song of Victory~
When God puts a burden upon you He puts His own arm underneath.
is a little plant, small and stunted, growing under the shade of a
broad-spreading oak; and this little plant values the shade which covers
it, and greatly does it esteem the quiet rest which its noble friend
But a blessing is designed for this little plant.
upon a time there comes along the woodman, and with his sharp axe he
fells the oak.
The plant weeps and cries, "My shelter is departed; every
rough wind will blow upon me, and every storm will seek to uproot me!"
no, saith the angel of that flower; "now will the sun get at thee; now
will the shower fall on thee in more copious abundance than before;
thy stunted form shall spring up into loveliness, and thy flower, which
could never have expanded itself to perfection shall now laugh in the
sunshine, and men shall say, 'How greatly hath that plant increased!
glorious hath become its beauty, through the removal of that which was
its shade and its delight!
See you not, then, that
God may take away your comforts and your privileges, to make you the
Why, the Lord always trains His soldiers, not by
letting them lie on feather-beds, but by turning them out, and using
them to forced marches and hard service.
He makes them ford through
streams, and swim through rivers, and climb mountains, and walk many a
long march with heavy knapsacks of sorrow on their backs.
This is the
way in which He makes them soldiers - not by dressing them up in fine
uniforms, to swagger at the barrack gates, and to be fine gentlemen in
the eyes of the loungers in the park.
God knows that soldiers are only
to be made in battle; they are not to be grown in peaceful times.
grow the stuff of which soldiers are made; but warriors are really
educated by the smell of powder, in the midst of whizzing bullets and
roaring cannonades, not in soft and peaceful times.
Well, Christian, may
not this account for it all?
Is not thy Lord bringing out thy graces
and making them grow?
Is He not developing in you the qualities of the
soldier by throwing you into the heat of battle, and should you not use
every appliance to come off conqueror?