Sometimes It's Tough, But It Is Too Soon to Quit
When descending the Grand Canyon, often times a person has to travel on narrow ledges that have only enough room for a mule to get a foothold. The ribbons of rock that run along the edges of these towering cliffs overlook vertical precipices that descend hundreds of feet to the valley below.
When one must make use of these stony paths, the safest course is to let the mule find his own way; for the slightest touch on the bridle may easily throw both the animal and his rider over the cliff to sudden death. So it is in the believer's life.
In some circumstances, if he would keep himself from having sinful doubts and falling into despair, he must lay the 'bridle' on the neck of Faith, and commit his way to God. No matter how things look, he may take comfort in these words, "I will never leave thee nor forsake thee." In such trying experiences the only thing to do is to trust in God and walk by faith, not by sight.
Had they gone north, they would have come to the rocky crags of the nearby mountains, and any forward movement would have been halted. The enemy would easily have caught up.
Had they gone south they only would have compounded their troubles, by running into barren desert and settlements filled with loyal subjects of their enemy.
Had they turned back to fight, all would have been quickly lost. They were the product of generations of slaves who had not learned war. They had no weapons. They had no chariots. They were encumbered by possessions and the elderly and the extremely young; they would have run headlong into disaster...and the Lord would not have been with them.
Christians, when you turn any way other than going straight forward with the Lord, you run headlong into like problems. Obstacles that slow your progress, more of the enemy, or back toward the sin from which you were delivered...an evil taskmaster that will beat you down and take all you have, a ...
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