"Look from the place where thou art"

Mankind's ideas of the nature of good cover the widest imaginable range; but it is certain that there is no more active or universal desire than to attain good. Both consciously and unconsciously this desire shows itself in the whole round of human existence. How important, then, not only to know what good is, but the infallible means for gaining it!

But is there indeed such a way? cries the despairing and hungering heart. There are countless numbers who, in response to that appeal, can confidently and gratefully affirm that they have found it through the Book of books, the Bible. For themselves and others they have proved that there the way is clearly pointed out in definite commands, and in experiences which have grown out of obedience to those commands. Among many such they may turn to the narrative of Abram and Lot, as set forth in the book of Genesis.

It will be recalled that strife had arisen between the respective herdsmen of Abram and Lot, which made it seem desirable that these two men should separate, the one from the other. At the outset it is worth observing that Abram did not temporize or compromise with this condition of error. Nor did he condemn anything but the seeming condition, holding and voicing the fact that so far as Lot and his people were concerned. "We be brethren."

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Silent Prayer
September 27, 1924

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