I see daily, and I hope you have likewise learned,
that places and outward circumstances cannot of
themselves either hinder or help us in walking with
God. So far as He is pleased to be with us, and to
teach us by His Spirit, wherever we are we shall get
forward; and if He does not bless us and water us
every moment, the more we have of our own wishes and
wills, the more uneasy we shall make ourselves.
One thing is needful; an humble, dependent spirit, to
renounce our own wills, and give up ourselves to His
disposal without reserve. This is the path of peace;
and it is the path of safety; for He has said, the
meek He will teach His way, and those who yield up
themselves to Him He will guide with His eye. I hope
you will fight and pray against every rising of a
murmuring spirit, and be thankful for the great things
which He has already done for you. It is good to be
humbled for sin, but not to be discouraged: for though
we are poor creatures, Jesus is a complete Saviour and
we bring more honour to God by believing in His name
and trusting His word of promise, than we could do by
a thousand outward works.
I pray the Lord to shine upon your soul, and to fill
you with all joy and peace in believing. Remember to
pray for us, that we may be brought home to you in
I am, &c.
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