Monday, August 17, 2009

Faith Humbly Presses On

Ruth Bryan (1805-1860) wrote these words on faith in a letter to a friend, June 3, 1858. Miss Bryan ministered too many through letter writing. She encouraged them to press on in the faith and live for the glory of God.

Faith humbly presses on through the tribulation path, looking unto Jesus, and fully understands that excellent saying of Hewitson, “The soul will be staggered even by loose stones in the way if we look manward; if we look Godward faith will not be staggered even by inaccessible mountains stretching and obstructing apparently our outward progress.”

Perhaps I shall weary you; but this subject of faith is dear to my heart, and I do long for your furtherance and joy of faith. Let not that which is lame be turned out of the way, but let it rather be healed. “Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not; behold you God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompense; he will come and save you.” Yes, the feeble and the fearing He will save. Oh! May the feet and ankle bones of faith receive strength to enter into Christ the true temple, leaping and walking and praising God.

Letters of Ruth Bryan, first published in 1865, republished by Reformation Heritage Books, 2005, pp. 252-53.

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