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Apply this to religion, and you will find but one consecrated, beaten track to glory, in which the scholar knows by BELIEVING, ascends by humiliation, and conquers by suffering.
Let me next remind you, to stuDY THE TEMPER OF YOUR MASTER.
would not stumble in his path, let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus. As his death is the only atonement for our sins, and his Spirit the only life of our souls; so his lowly mind, his meek and suffering spirit, is alone adapted to the heavenward path. Hear his words :- If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow me.-Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me: for I am meek and lowly of heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
“ Learn of me, as if he had said, “ who when I was reviled, reviled not again: when I suffered, I threatened not, but committed myself to him that judgeth righteously.”
Our enemies oppress and vex us; but, well would it be, if, while we took up the burden, we could, like Hannah, leave them to bear all the guilt. Let others try to lower standards and alter measures in Christianity, in order to cover their defects : let us keep the great pattern ever in sight, however we may come short of it.
Hannah is an instructive way-mark to believing
women, under family trials. The woman, who can thus meet injuries and reproaches, while she trusts in God at all times, and pours out her heart before him, has already obtained the victory over her worst enemy-SELF; and, like Hannah, shall soon see the rest silent in darkness, for by strength shall no man prevail.
Lastly, expect GREAT THINGS, BUT EXPECT THEM IN PROGRESS.
There is a time, says the wise man, to every purpose under heaven.--Light is sown for the righteous, but appears not till its season. Think it not strange that the God of Order has appointed his best blessings to descend, when we are best prepared to receive them. In what a trying process did the faithful Hannah meet them! and, let me ask, are we so purified by our fire that we should expect them immediately?
We wait a little, and think it long. We limit the Holy One of Israel, in the prosecution of an eternal purpose; and say, Let him hasten his work that we may see it: forgetting that we are here but ephemera, insects of a day; while, with him, a thousand years are but as one day.
But, blessed are all they who wait for him: who, like Hannah, follow him in the progress, and depend upon him for the issue. Who is among you, that walketh in darkness, yet thus stayeth upon his God? He will shortly enable you also to add, “O my Lord, I am the man who have passed through many a dark night and thorny path; a solitary weeping pilgrim. I am that woman who stood here praying: nature fainted, but underneath me were his everlasting arms: light was sowing for me while I sat in darkness, and arose in progress beyond my expectation.--I also am a witness, that the Lord is gracious, his mercy is everlasting, and his truth endureth from generation to generation."
PARENTS OF THE CHILDREN
INSTITUTED AT ST. JOHN'S CHAPEL, BEDFORD ROW,
TO WHICH ARE SUBJOINED THE
REGULATIONS OF THE SAID SCHOOLS.