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could, have overtbrown for ever. Thus to him was the promise fulfilled, “ I will bring the blind by a way they knew not; I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.” Is. xlii. 16. From henceforward he could say, " Thy word is a lamp to my feet, and a light unto my paths.” The light wbich shone in upon him enlightened his understanding to understand those scriptures which were heretofore a dead letter, a sealed book, in his hands; though, as was the Jewish custom, read, and revered, and studied with deep application, “but the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” 1 Cor. ii. 14.
It is not deep study nor scholastic learning which can reveal the truth, but the Spirit of God; “ The Spirit which searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.”
From a persecutor, Paul became a saint, wholly separate from his former way of life and associates. He had no fellowship now with the works of darkness, and he exhorted others to do likewise. “Ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord : walk as children of light; proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” Eph. v. 8, 10, 11.
When the Lord gives light, he wills that we communicate that light—“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
Believers in Jesus are called on to testify against
the works of darkness, that God may set his mark upon them—“And the Lord said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof." Ezek. ix. 4.
The tares and the wheat were suffered to grow together; the first were preserved for the sake of the last. Thus it has been, and thus it will be. The Lord will shelter his own before he suffers the shower of his vengeance to fall. The history of Lot exemplifies it. The little city of Zoar was his appointed place of refuge—“Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do any thing till thou be come thither." Gen. xix. 22.
The history of Noah exemplifies it:-Until the Lord shut him into the ark, he opened not the windows of heaven, nor broke up the great deep to pour out the deluge upon the world.
The leading of the children of Israel out of Egypt exemplifies it—" And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed, and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them: and it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these; so that the one came not near the other all the night." Ex. xiv. 19, 20. “Thou in'thy mercy hast led forth thy redeemed : thou hast guided them in thy strength unto thy holy habitation.” 6 All the inhabitants of Canaan shall melt away. Fear and dread shall fall upon them: by the greatness of thine arm they shall be as still as a stone, till thy people pass over, which thou hast purchased. Thou shalt bring them in, and
plant them in the mountain of thy inheritance, in the place, O Lord, which thou hast made for thee to dwell in; in the sanctuary, O Lord, which thy hands have established. The Lord shall reign for ever. For the horse of Pharaoh went in with his chariots and with bis horsemen into the sea, and the Lord brought again the waters of the sea upon them; but the children of Israel went on dry land in the midst of the sea.” Ex. xv. 13-19.
Thus did the waters roll away from his people, which rolled back upon their enemies. That which brought safety to the one, brought destruction upon the other.
The same sickle which cut down the tares to be burned, cut down the wheat to be housed. If we are true believers in Jesus, what have we to fear? “What can man do unto us?” Has the Captain of our salvation lost the will or the power to save us? We dare not doubt his willingness, neither dare we doubt his power and his love. This is our strong consolation in the days of our pilgrimage. This is the anchor of our hope, sure and stedfast. This is our confidence in which we may rest. It is the way in which we walk in peace and safety, while “ the whole world which lieth in wickedness” around us, is in commotion. And the contrast is great. The people of God are kept in perfect peace; but “ the wicked is like a troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.” Is. Ivii. 20, 21.
A FLOCK IN THE WILDERNESS.
We need not apologise to our readers, though perhaps we should to the writer of the letter from which we have taken the liberty of' making the following extracts without waiting for his permission. The subject must interest all: and some may be led to do more than merely wish God speed to our dear friend's • noble project.
« This village was brought to my notice by my brother, who happened to be fishing in its neighbourhood last spring. On his return, he said that he had not been at any place of worship during his absence, as there was no church within his reach. He moreover added, that a Mr. Rhad offered £50 towards erecting a church, if any one would come and assist him. On hearing this, I accordingly wrote for further information respecting the place. I received in answer such an interesting detail of facts, that on my return from England, about a month since (where his letter was forwarded to me), I visited Roundstone. After a very long journey of 145 Irish miles, which I was obliged to perform without stopping, I reached in 25 hours Mr. R- 's house, distant from Galway 40 miles. After leaving Galway, the road, which is finely engineered, and in good order, leads the traveller over a heathy,
rocky, barren country, with the vast bogs and creeks of Lough Corrib stretching along the right, and before the eye as far as it can reach. There is nothing of interest to attract the sight, except the excessive dreariness of the scene. But when I entered Connemara, I found myself on a heathy table-land, out of which rose rocky heights, whose precipitous sides and pinnacled summits gave a character of grandeur to them which perhaps their elevation scarcely would warrant. Winding round the craggy points of these frowning mountains, I skirted the dark margin of many a cold and gloomy lake, whose shores were destitute of trees, and whose bosoms alone were broken by rocky islands, crowned with natural oak. Scarce a human habitation was to be seen. Sometimes groups of ragged children appeared, I knew not from whence, and ran after the car, which slowly winded among these dark hills. Many of them could read: most of them were returning from school, they said. I gave them some little books which I had with me. With eagerness they gathered round one another, forming a circle in the road; and I watched their demonstrations of joy, till another frowning rock hid them from my view.
• I have travelled through a great part of Ireland, but never did I see so wild a scene. I have beheld many grander defiles, many more beautiful views; but the desolation, the solemnity of the prospect, broken by these mountains heaped into fantastic confusion, and rising abruptly either from the barren expanse of heath or the dark forms of the lakes at their bases, I never before witnessed. Mercifully did God comfort and support me. By my side sat a Galway fisherman, a young Scotchman (I perceived