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NOTHING AND SOMETHING.
which is not ? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven," Prov. xxii. 4, 5. “What is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul ?” Matt. xvi. 26. It appears, then, that though riches are soMETHING among men, they are NOTHING before God.
Among men, it is considered especially desirable to get the friendship of the world; but the word of God says,
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If
any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him," 1 John ii. 15. “Know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God," Jas. iv. 4. The friendships of the world, then, valuable as they may appear, though they are SOMETHING among men, are NOTHING with God.
Among men, it is considered commendable to be thoughtful for the future, and to manifest anxiety to provide for themselves and those who shall come after them; but the word of God forbids all undue desire and anxiety about these things : “Take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed ?-for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek
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ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you,” Matt. vi. 31–33. Among men, these things are SOMETHING, but they are noTHING with God.
It is thought to be an excellent thing among men, to sit in the first places of the synagogue, to make long prayers, and to give money to feed the poor ; but the word of God points to the heart, to the motive of the mind, and considers these things of no avail, unless accompanied with sincere charity. “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal.—Though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing," i Cor. xiii. 1–3. These things, then, though soMETHING among men, are NOTHING before God.
Living as we do, in a world of sin and sorrow, with temptations without, and a heart of unbelief within us, we are continually underrating what is of great value, and attaching an importance to what is worthless ; and it would be almost impossible to point out in how many instances we consider things SOMETHING, which, alas ! are
But if riches, and the friendship of the world, and worldly wisdom, and formal prayers, and os
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tentatious almsgiving, are as NOTHING with God; it becomes us to consider, what are those things that will be considered SOMETHING in his sight.
An humble heart, fervent charity, submission to the will of God, reverence for his holy word, dependence on his precious promises, and an unreserved confidence in our Lord and Saviour for life and salvation—these things let us seek, in His name that is above every name ; for though they may be accounted as NOTHING before men, they are soMETHING before God, and will be proved to be so, when every thing worldly shall become “ less than NOTHING, and vanity.'
I Love to pick a daisy or buttercup in my path, and to stick it in my bosom. Now there are daisies and buttercups to be found in the every day occurrences of life, as fair to look upon as the flowers of the field.
There is a text of Holy Scripture which says, “ Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God," 1 Cor. X. 31. And a letter that I have but just received from a Christian correspondent in the country supplies me with an excellent practical illustration. The whole epistle has in it but four short lines ; the last two of these are as follow :
-“I am going out to dinner. Country delightful. Crops abundant. Halleluiah !”
Now, this is just what I like. Most people know that Halleluiah means, “ Praise ye the Lord;" and we can all of us thank God for great favours, but how few of us put a Halleluiah to the record of our common mercies! It strikes me that it would be no bad method to find out the