Those Who Return To The Old Paths
the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting
joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing
shall flee away. Isa. 35:10.
is full of men and women who manifest no sense of obligation to God for their
entrusted gifts. They do not realize that God has entrusted them with talents,
not for self-glorification, but for His own name’s glory. They are eager
for distinction. . . .
men whom God has qualified with more than ordinary ability. They are deep
thinkers, energetic, and thorough. But many of them are bent upon the attainment
of their own selfish ends, without regard to the honor and glory of God. Some
of these have seen the light of truth, but because they honored themselves,
and did not make God first and last and best in everything, they have wandered
away from Bible truth into skepticism and infidelity. When these are arrested
by the chastisements of God, and through affliction are led to inquire for
the old paths, the mist of skepticism is swept from their minds. Some of them
repent, return to the old love, and set their feet in the way cast up for
the ransomed of the Lord to walk in. No longer are they actuated by the love
of money or by selfish ambition. The Spirit of God working upon the heart
is valued by them more highly than gold or the praise of men. When this amazing
change is wrought, the thoughts are directed by the Spirit of God into new
channels, the character is transformed, and the aspirations of the soul reach
out toward heavenly things.
has power today. It enables men to overcome the stubborn influence of pride,
selfishness, and unbelief, and in the simplicity of true godliness to reveal
a living connection with heaven. The grace which Christ imparts makes it possible
for men to rise superior to all the infatuating temptations of Satan. It will
lead them to the cross of Jesus as active, devoted, loyal workers for the
advancement of the truth of heaven.
to God has marked the heroes of faith from age to age. As they have been brought
conspicuously before the world their light has shone forth. Their obedience
to the command of Christ, “Go forward,” has led others to glorify
today moral heroes, men and women who are living noble lives of self-denial.
They have no ambition for worldly fame. Their will is subordinate to the will
of God. The love of God inspires their ministry. To do good and to save souls
is their highest aim.
gained genuine knowledge, even the knowledge set forth by Christ in the words,
“This is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God,
and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” (John 17:3).
Our Father Cares, pp. 311, 312.