Go to Him in every trial

(Octavius Winslow)
Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age!” Matthew 28:20 

What an exalted and endearing truth, is Christ’s sleepless vigilance over His people! Imagine yourself threading your way along a most difficult and perilous path, every step of which is attended with pain and hazard, and is taken with hesitancy and doubt. Unknown to you and unseen there is One hovering around you each moment . . .
checking each false step,
guiding each doubtful one,
soothing each sorrow,
and supplying each need.
All is calm and silent. Not a sound is heard, not a movement is seen; and yet, to your amazement, just at the critical moment the needed support comes. You know not from where, nor from whom! This is no picture of imagination but a divine reality.

Are you a child of God on your pilgrimage to paradise by an intricate and perilous way? Jesus is near to you at each moment, unseen and often unknown! You have at times stood speechless with awe at the strange interposition on your behalf, of providence, and of grace when no visible sign indicated the source of your help. And yet deliverance, strange and effectual deliverance, came at a moment most unexpected, yet most needed.

It was Jesus your Redeemer, your Brother, your Shepherd, and your Guide!

It was He, unknown and unobserved who kept you as the apple of His eye and sheltered you in the hollow of His hand. And He armed you with bravery for the fight pouring strength into your spirit and grace into your heart, when the full weight of calamity pressed upon them. Thus has He always been, to His children.

The eye which neither slumbers nor sleeps was upon you! He knew in what furnace you were placed and was there to temper the flame when it seemed the severest. He saw your frail vessel struggling through the tempest and came to your rescue at the height of the storm!

How has He proved this in seasons of difficulty and doubt!

How the Lord has appeared for you!
Your lack has been supplied,
and your doubt has been solved.
Your perplexity has been guided.
He has delivered . . .
your soul from death,
and your feet from falling!
You are never for an instant . . .
out of His heart,
His hands,
or out of His eye!

Go then, and lay your weariness on Christ! go to Him in every trial

Take your bereaved, stricken, and bleeding heart to Him!

What is your sorrow?
…Is the earthen vessel dashed to pieces?
Are all your streams dry?
Jesus is still enough! He has not taken Himself from you and never will.

Rest it upon His heart, which was once bereaved, stricken and bleeding, too! He knows how to . . .
bind up the broken heart,
heal the wounded spirit,
and comfort those who mourn.

Has health failed you?
Have friends turned against you?
Are you tried in your circumstances?
Or are providences thickening and darkening around you?
Are you anticipating seasons of approaching trial?
Are you walking in darkness, having no light?
His grace and sympathy are sufficient for you.

Go to Him in every trial.
Cast yourself upon Him every burden.
Take the infirmity, the corruption, the cross as it arises.

Simply and immediately to Jesus!

Go to Him at all times and under all circumstances!

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