In a day of such widely extended profession as the present, it is specially important that Christians should be deeply impressed with the necessity of realising personally the call of God, without which there can be no permanence or steadiness in the Christian course.

It is a comparatively easy thing to make a profession at a time when profession prevails; but it is never easy to walk by faith — it is never easy to give up present things, in the hope of “good things to come.” Nothing but that mighty principle which the Apostle denominates “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Heb. 11: 1), can ever enable a man to persevere in a course which in a world where all is wrong — all out of order, must be thorny and difficult. We must feel “persuaded” of something yet to come — something worth waiting for — something that will reward all the toil of a pilgrim’s protracted course, ere we rise up out of the circumstances of nature and the world, to “run with patience the race that is set before us” (Heb. 12: 1).

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