On all bare heights shall be their pasture — Isaiah 49:9
Toys and trinkets are easily won, but the greatest things are greatly bought. The top-most place of power is always bought with blood. You may have the pinnacles, if you have enough blood to pay. That is the conquest conditions of the heights everywhere. The chief values in life and character are not blown across our way by vagrant winds. Great souls have great sorrows.
Great truths are dearly bought, the common truths
Such as men give and take from day to day
Come in the common walk of easy life
Blown by the careless wind across our way.
Great truths are greatly won, not found by chanceNor wafted on the breath of summer dreamBut grasped in the great struggle of the soulHard buffeting with adverse wind and stream.
But in the day of conflict, fear and grief,
When the strong hand of God, put forth in might,
Ploughs up the subsoil of the stagnant heart
And brings the imprisoned truth seed to the light.
Wrung from the troubled spirit, in hard hoursOf weakness, solitude, perchance of painTruth springs like harvest from the well-ploughed fieldAnd the soul feels it has not wept in vain.
The capacity for knowing God, enlarges as we are brought by Him into circumstances which oblige us to exercise faith ; so, when difficulties beset our path, let us thank God that He is taking trouble with us ——— AND LEAN HARD UPON HIM.