(Newman Hall, 1816-1902)
There are many variations in the Christian’s path. Sometimes it is smooth and flowery, with sunny slopes, and sylvan shades, and prospects which entrance the soul with loveliness. There are seasons when no doubts perplex the spirit, and when our circumstances in life are in harmony with duty, so that the right path is an easy path.
But this is the exception.
Often the road is steep, craggy, and beset with foes! Sometimes it is a “Hill Difficulty” throughout, and Apollyon stretches himself across the way aiming his fiery darts at the pilgrim. Then some bypath attracts us by its pleasantness, while Satan whispers that a thorny and painful road, cannot be the true one.
But Jesus never promised to lead us only in smooth places. It is not necessary that we should always rejoice–but it is necessary that we always follow. Wherever He goes, rough or smooth–there we also must go.
“My sheep hear My voice, I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish–ever! No one will snatch them out of My hand!” John 10:27-28
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