High The Standard
through, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of the people; cast up,
cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people.
Word of God not only sets forth the great principles of truth and duty which
should govern our lives, but it presents also, for our encouragement, the
history of many who have exemplified these principles. . . .Except the one
perfect Pattern, there is not described in the Sacred Pages a single character
more worthy of emulation than that of the prophet Daniel. Exposed in youth
to all the allurements of a royal court, he became a man of unbending integrity
and fervent devotion to God. He was subjected to the fierce temptations of
Satan, yet his character was not vacillating, nor his course changeable. He
was firm where many would be yielding; he was true where they would be false;
he was strong where they would be weak. Daniel was a lofty cedar of Lebanon....Would
that the faith, integrity, and devotion of the prophet Daniel might live in
the hearts of God’s people of today. Never were these noble qualities
more needed in the world than now....
the records of those who have done and suffered for the name of Jesus, there
is no name that shines with a brighter or purer luster than the name of Paul,
the apostle to the Gentiles. The love of Jesus, glowing in his heart, made
him self-forgetful, self-denying. He had seen the risen Christ, and the Saviour’s
image was impressed upon his soul, and shone forth in his life. With faith,
courage, and fortitude, that would not be daunted by danger or stayed by obstacles,
he pressed his way from land to land to spread the knowledge of the cross....
the professed followers of Christ thus exemplifying the principles of their
faith? Where are the deep, living, holy experiences which men of God were
wont to recount? Has the standard of Christianity been lowered?...No; that
standard remains just where God placed it. Holy men of ages past were required
to give up all for Christ, to cherish His spirit, and to imitate His example.
Nothing less than this will He accept now....When called to give up all for
Christ, who will stand the test?
Devotional: Our Father Cares, p. 106.