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Under Constraint

Apr 28 THE apostle and his brethren were unselfish in all that they did. He could say of himself and of his brethren that when they varied their modes of action they had ever the same object in view; they lived only to promote the cause of Christ, and to bless the souls of men. He says, “Whether we be beside ourselves, it is to God: or whether we be sober, it...

2 Corinthians 5:14

Underneath

May 12 GOD surrounds his children on all sides: they dwell in him. The passage before us shows that the Lord is above, for we read, “There is none like unto the God of Jeshurun, who rideth upon the heaven in thy help, and in his excellency on the sky.” Assuredly he is around them, for “The eternal God is thy refuge an d he is before them, for “He shall thrust...

Deuteronomy 33:27

Understandest Thou What Thou Readest?

May 11 How this negro chamberlain of the Queen of Ethiopia came to be a proselyte we do not know. The book which he was so fond of reading may have been the means of leading him to worship the God of Abraham; certainly it has answered that purpose thousands of times. At any rate, he followed the light he had, and though he had not yet come to the full glory...

Acts 8:30-33

Unimpeachable Justice

Jun 15      Yesterday was to me a day of deep solemnity; a pressure rested on my mind throughout the whole of it, which I could not by any possibility remove, for at every hour I remembered that during that day one of the most fallen of my fellow-creatures was launched into an unknown world, and made to stand before his Maker. Some might have witnessed his execution without tears; I...

Psalm 51:4

Unity in Christ

Jan 7 FOR several years I have thankfully received the text of the first Sabbath in the year from a venerable clergyman of a parish in the suburbs of our city. Spared by a gracious Providence, my good brother has sent me with his Christian salutations these two verses for my subject. I can only hope that as we have enjoyed together for several years a true communion of spirit in the...

John 17:20-21

Universal Fatherhood, a Lie!

Feb 1 THESE were the words of Christ to those who beset him round about with angry eyes and cruel tongues. Our Lord declared that he had been with his Father before he spoke with those wicked Jews; and indeed he had been, for he was with the Father before the worlds were formed. He saw all that the Father did, and he helped in doing it: “Without him was not anything...

John 8:38

Unparalleled Suffering

Mar 4 IT is very unpleasant to our poor flesh and blood to suffer. Physical pain is a grievous infliction; mental agony or spiritual sorrow is still worse. Irons around the wrists can be worn till they fit easily; but when the iron enters into the soul, how it rusts the heart, and eats into the spirit! Perhaps, to some minds, that is the hardest of all sufferings which is not deserved...

1 Peter 3:18

Unprofitable Servants

Jun 6 THERE is a narrow path between indifference and morbid sensibility. Some men seem to feel no holy anxiety: they place their Master’s talent in the earth, leave it there, and take their pleasure and their ease without a moment’s compunction. Others profess to be so anxious to be right that they come to the conclusion that they can never be so, and fall under a horror of God, viewing his...

Luke 25:30

Unpurchasable Love

Jun 6 THAT is a general truth, applying to all forms of real love; you cannot purchase love. If it is true love, it will not run on rails of gold. Many a marriage would have been a very happy one if there had been a tithe as much love as there was wealth; and, sometimes, love will come in at the cottage door, and make the home bright and blest, when...

Song of Solomon 8:7

Unseasonable Prayer

Oct 14 Unseasonable Prayer   “Wherefore criest thou unto me?” — Exodus xiv. 15.   AT first sight, we might suppose that crying unto God was so good a thing, that it would never be necessary for the Lord to ask the question, “Wherefore criest thou unto me?” But the question we are now to consider shows that there may be a time when, even to a man...

Exodus 14:15