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The Faithful Promiser by John Ross Macduff

19TH DAY. Peace in Believing.

|He is Faithful that Promised.|

|Peace I leave with you; my peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth.| -- JOHN xiv.27.

Peace in Believing.

|Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee.| |Perfect peace!| -- what a blessed attainment! My soul! is it thine? Sure I am it is not, if thou art seeking it in a perishable world, or in the perishable creature, or in thy perishable self. Although thou hast all that the world would call enviable and happy, unless thou hast peace in God, and with God, all else is unworthy of the name; -- a spurious thing, which the first breath of adversity will shatter, and the hour of death utterly annihilate! Perfect peace! What is it? It is the peace of forgiveness. It is the peace arising out of a sense of God reconciled through the blood of the everlasting covenant, -- resting sweetly on the bosom, and the work of Jesus, -- to Him committing thine eternal all. My soul! stay thyself on God, that so this blessed peace may be thine. Thou hast tried the world. It has deceived thee. Prop after prop of earthly scaffolding has yielded, and tottered, and fallen. Has thy God ever done so? Ah! this false and counterfeit world-peace may do well for the world's work, and the world's day of prosperity. But test it in the hour of sorrow; and what can it do for thee when most it is needed? On the other hand, what though thou hast no other blessing on earth to call thine own? Thou art rich indeed, if thou canst look upwards to Heaven, and say with |unpresumptuous smile,| |I am at peace with God.|


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