Linger Not, Do Not Delay

There is all the difference in the world between delaying and waiting. When a man lingers within the attraction of error and delays the decision which will effect his deliverance from its bondage and seduction, he is really postponing right thinking and failing in necessary action. When a man, on the other hand, obeys the inspiring counsel to wait on the Lord there is neither delay nor lingering in this, but true metaphysical action, as is shown by the results. The inspiring words of the psalm are, "Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him," and the reward of that attitude is, "He shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday."

Trust in God, then, indicates action, not inactivity or numbness as of one drugged with error. Faith implies activity and the movement of life. It is indeed the laying hold of true life, the acquiring of good, "the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." A translator shows how such faith means that we are "confident of what we hope for, convinced of what we do not see;" hence it naturally follows that the record of those who are called men of faith is a record of action leading to satisfactory results.

September 14, 1918

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