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helper, no guide, no comforter; or to be walking peacefully and fearlessly, with God for our shelter -weak in ourselves, but strong in His great strength; full of ignorance, but taught by a heavenly Teacher; most unworthy and imperfect in ourselves, but covered with a Saviour's robe of righteousness!
Happy, happy, those who are thus dwelling "in the secret place of the Most High, and abiding under the shadow of the Almighty;" who can say, “He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him will I trust." He will lead you "by the right way," till He brings you to that " city of habitation,” which He has prepared for you. He will " cover your head”
all times of danger, till you ar
THE SUCCESSFUL GLEANER.
Ruth 11. 15—23. And when she was risen up to glean, Boaz commanded his young men, saying, Let her glean even among the sheaves, and reproach her not.
And let fall some of the handfuls on purpose for her, and leave them that she may glean them, and rebuke her not.
So she gleaned in the field unto oven, and beat out. that she had gleaned : and it was about an ephah of barley.
And she took it up, and went into the city : and her mother-in-law said unto her, Where hast thou gloaned to-day ? and where wroughtest thou? Blessed be he that did take knowledge of thee. And she showed her mother-in-law with whom she had
wrought, and said, the man's name with whom I wrought to-day, is Boaz.
And Naomi said unto her daughter-in-law, Blessed be he of the Lord, who hath not left off his kindness to the living, and to the dead. And Naomi said unto her, The man is near of kin unto us, one of our next kinsmen.
And Ruth the Moabitess said, He said unto me also, Thou shalt keep fast by my young men, until they have ended all my harvest.
And Naomi said unto Ruth her daughter-in-law, It is good, my daughter, that thou go out with his maidens, that they meet thee not in any other field.
So she kept fast hy the maidens of Boaz to glean, unto the end of barley-harvest, and of wheat-harvest; and dwelt with her mother-in-law.
I DARE say, you remember reading in the gospel, that one morning, when the disciples of our blessed Lord had been on the sea of Galilee all night, and had taken nothing, Jesus comes to them, and bids them let down their net in a particular spot: and immediately they drew up an immense number of fish.
And does it not sometimes happen so with ourselves? Do we not often plan, and toil, and exert ourselves for hours and days together, and all to little purpose; and then suddenly perhaps, when we least expect it, we meet with success far beyond our hopes ?
And not only is it so often in our worldly matters : it is so too with our spiritual concerns. We labour perhaps for peace in our souls; we seek it earnestly and anxiously, but seemingly all in vain. And then, at length, by some unexpected means, God gives us what we have so long been looking for; and after a long night of sorrow and toil, “joy cometh in the morning.”
And why is this? It is because God