Let your moderation be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.
Although corporeally Christ has left this world and is far beyond our mortal ken, yet, spiritually and essentially, He is near at hand to every man. "I am with you always."
I. IN ALL THE OPERATIONS OF NATURE. "In Him all things consist." Nature is not merely His creation: it is His organ, His instrument. He is in it as the soul is in the body, animating and directing every part. He is in all seasons of the year. He flashes in the lightning. He speaks in the thunder. He is in every ray of light and every wave of air.
II. IN ALL THE EVENTS OF HISTORY. In the creations of literature, the progress of science, in all the advancing steps of civilization. Every event of life is an advent of Christ. He stands at the door of our nature and knocks. He originates the good and controls the evil.
III. IN ALL REDEMPTIVE INFLUENCES. In the words of the prophets and apostles; in the ministry of His gospel; in the agency of His Spirit. Conclusion: Let us realize this: eschew evil, pursue good; be heroic in duty and magnanimous in trial. "The Lord stood by me," said Paul.
(D. Thomas, D. D.)
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