The Worth of True Living

"Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow." These strengthening words, found in Isaiah, arrest the attention of the traveler along human ways and experiences, whether he is just beginning to detect the hollowness of mere material pursuits or, perchance, has already perceived that human promises often remain unfulfilled. What assurance of happiness the material senses presented, in a seemingly attractive and appealing light! But where is the abiding love, the joy, the peace, the confidence, the contentment they so winsomely promised?

Here is a ray of hope, however. Perhaps, after all, thinks this traveler, though human promises have led, by either straight or winding pathway, to defeat and failure, it can be proved that "God's promises are kept." Has it been because one's obedience has mostly been to the things of the flesh rather than to the things of Spirit, that disaster has so often resulted? Was it because good was not dominant in our thoughts that the promises bestowed no lasting bounty? At least the traveler will do as the Scriptures bid him do—reason on the question.

The Walk to Emmaus
March 30, 1929

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