his soul to Jesus has found the clue to the maze!"
Modern unbelief is so short of the quality that it seized the label,
and has advertised itself as HONEST doubt. It was in dire need of
a character. We lift our feeble voice on behalf of HONEST FAITH.
PROFOUND THOUGHTS ON FAITH AND DOUBT
When a new discovery, either of danger or advantage, bursts upon a devout man, he is led to address God in some form or other. He prays, or he praises, as the ease may be; and this comes of very proper and natural instincts, especially when they are intelligently based upon the faith which is found within the soul. Since we see that God has increased our knowledge by revealing himself through a Book; and since we hear that he has cleared up a dark and difficult point, which might have hindered faith, it becomes us to praise him. This done, we should set about reading that priceless writing of his with earnest prayer to him for help to our understanding, that we may perceive its meaning, and for strength to our will that we may obey its precepts.
The Book is for our use, not for our amusement. It behoves us to handle such a gift after a worthy manner. It is not to be played with, but to be put to most earnest, immediate, and continued use. It professes to be meant for guidance in this life as well as for instruction as to the next: it must not therefore be laid aside as a pillow for some distant day of death, but we must ask God to make it our present instrument for righteous living, our daily tutor in the art of Shunning evil and attaining good.