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supply all your needs, according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Fourth, he always has supplied them. Look at Jacob, at David, at all who have arrived in glory. If the question, put by the Lord Jesus, to his disciples, when they returned from their missionary tour, on which he sent them without purse or scrip, was put to them, “Lacked ye any thing P” Every one of them would readi. ly answer, "Nothing, Lord.”
As therefore we know not what is before us in this world, it is wise to prepare for the worst, to secure all good things, and as this can only be done by seeking the Lord, let us seek him at once, with all possible earnestness, and let us seek him always. If we seek him, he will be found of us. If we seek him, we shall know his will, prove the truth of his word, and enjoy his happy-making blessing. If we seek to know him experimentally, to please him universally, and to enjoy him as our chief good, he will shine into our hearts, giving us the knowledge of himself-he will visit us, sup with us, and smile upon ushe will shed abroad his love in our hearts, and confer foretastes of heaven upon us, And, O blessed testimony of our beloved Lord, who speaking to his Father said, “ This is life eternal, that they may know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.”
PRAYER FOR DIVINE TEACHING.
“That which I see not teach thou me,”-JOB xxxiv, 22.
By nature we are all ignorant of spiritual things. We know nothing that we ought to know. By grace weare prepared and disposed to learn. But if we learn anything to purpose, we must have a divine teacher.
Man may teach the head, but God alone can teach the heart. And, blessed be his holy name, he has undertaken to teach us, for it is declared in his holy word, “ All thy children shall be taught of the Lord, and great shall be the peace of thy children.” One proof that the Lord is teaching us is, that we discover our ignorance, are humbled on account of it, and become very anxious to learn. Then as Elihu says, we cry unto him, “ That which I see not teach thou me.
We know comparatively little at present. Little compared with what is to be known. Little compared with what some of the Lord's people know. Little in compare with what we are capable of knowing. We cannot give ourselves spiritual wisdom, but God can, and if we ask him in faith he will. Our knowledge and happiness are closely connected—for we cannot enjoy what we do not know.
Our knowledge and our usefulness, are closely connected too; therefore if we wish to be useful, we must pray to be taught. For our encouragement God has promised to teach, saying, “I will teach thee and instruct thee in the way which thou shalt go, I will guide thee with mine eye.” He has ever been the teacher of his people, and is still willing to teach even sinners. Good and upright is the Lord, therefore will he teach sinners in the way."
How condescending in God, to become the teacher of his creatures--his simplest creatures ! What love he displays in doing so, and how sweetly he thus manifests his paternal relation !
Let us, therefore, conscious, that at present we see but little of the glory of the law, or the grace of the gospel- of the character of God, or the scheme of salvation of the work of the Saviour, or the kingdom prepared-of the operations of the Spirit-or the privilege of the saints—daily put up this
prayer, “ What I see not teach thou me." This is God's way, he teaches_gratuitously, but he will be inquired of. It is our duty therefore to sit at his feet, and plead for instruction. Nor should we only pray, but make use of all the means within our reach, expecting that our heavenly Father will teach us through them. Divine teaching is certain teaching. When God teaches us we know, we feel confident, and cannot be turned away from what he has taught us. It is practica!
teaching, for while it enlightens the head it sanctifies the heart; and sanctifying the heart, it reforms and improves the life. O to be taught of God!
Beloved, here is an example for our imitation, and in all our difficulties and trials, in all our sufferings and sorrows, let us seek to ascertain God's design, and submit to his will —and when at a loss to know why we are tried, or the end the Lord has in view, let us earnestly pray, “ What I know not teach thou me. Let us also be ready at all times to confess our ignorance, desiring further instruction, in order that we may more fully know the Lord, and the things that are freely given to us of God--so this inspired prayer will suit us,
What I know not teach thou me." What a pointed reproof is here given to some of us, who fancying that we know much, make it manifest that we know nothing yet as we ought to know—and there. fore need to be taught, by a discovery of our utter ignorance, the necessity of continually crying, What I know not teach thou
Let then, the time past of our lives suffice that we have been willing to live in ignorance, or have too much depended on the teaching of men; and henceforth, let each one seek for himself, and also endeavour to stir up his brethren to seek each for himself a more thorough and experimental acquaintance with divine things, crying from the depths of the heart, What I krow not teach thou me.”
“ THE LORD WAS MY STAY."
Ps. xviii. 18.
THERE are certain seasons, when it is most profitable to review the past; then we may do so not only with pleasure, but with profit. One of these seasons is, when we have obtained, and enjoy deliverance. eighteenth psalm is David's song of praise, uttered by him before the Lord, in the day when the Lord had delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. Now his accusers were silenced, his fears had vanished, and his enemies were as still as a stone. Now he looks back upon his dangers, difficulties, and sore afflictions, and accounts for his progress and perseverance by the fact, that the Lord was his stay. Just Bo, aged believer, can you and I do. We too can look back, and at times wonder how it is that we are where we are, and what we are : how we have held on, and held out until now, but here is the whole secret of the case, “the Lord was our stay."
Let us meditate for a few minutes upon the subject.
“ The Lord was my stay,”318