Napoleon and the Private.
It is said of Napoleon that while he was reviewing his army one day, his horse became frightened at something, and the Emperor lost his rein, and the horse went away at full speed, and the Emperor's life was in danger. He could not get hold of the rein, and a private in the ranks saw it, and sprang out of the ranks towards the horse, and was successful in getting hold of the horse's head at the peril of his own life. The Emperor was very much pleased. Touching his hat, he said to him, |I make you Captain of my Guard.| The soldier didn't take his gun, and walk up there. He threw it away, stepped out of the ranks of the soldiers, and went up to where the body-guard stood. The captain of the body-guard ordered him back into the ranks, but he said |No! I won't go!| |Why not?| |Because I am Captain of the Guard.| |You Captain of the Guard?| |Yes;| replied the soldier. |Who said it?| and the man, pointing to the Emperor; said, |He said it.| That was enough. Nothing more could be said. He took the Emperor at his word. My friends, if God says anything, let us take Him at His word. |He that believeth on the Lord Jesus Christ shall not perish, but have everlasting life.| Don't you believe it? Don't you believe you have got everlasting life? It can be the privilege of every child of God to believe and then know that you have got it.