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"Oh, that we might know the Lord! Let us press
on to know Him!" Hosea 6:3
The expression, "press on," implies that there are many
difficulties, obstacles, and hindrances in a man's way,
which keep him back from "knowing the Lord." Now the
work of the Spirit in his soul is to carry him on in spite
of all these obstaclesto lead him forwardto keep
alive in him the fear of Godto strengthen him in his
inner manto drop in those hopesto communicate
that inward graceso that he is compelled to press on.
Sometimes he seems driven,
sometimes led, and
but in one way or another the Spirit of God so
works upon him that, though he scarcely knows
howhe still "presses on."
His very burdens make him groan for deliverancehis
very temptations cause him to cry for helpthe very
difficulty and ruggedness of the road make him want
to be carried every stepthe very intricacy of the path
compels him to cry out for a guideso that the Spirit
working in the midst of, and under, and through every
difficulty and discouragement, still bears him through,
and carries him onand thus brings him through every
trial and trouble and temptation and obstacle, until He
sets him in glory.
It is astonishing to me how our souls are kept alive.
The Christian is a marvel to himself. Carried on, and
yet so secretlyworked upon, and yet so mysteriously;
and yet led on, guided, and supported through so many
difficulties and obstaclesthat he is a miracle of mercy
as he is carried on amid all . . .