It is a cause of very great encouragement to us that we continue
to receive so many appreciative letters from so many far-apart
places. Not often do we step aside from what may be called 'the
ministry of the Lord' to express to the readers our gratitude and
real thankfulness for their inspiring fellowship. This is one of
those infrequent occasions. Many stories could be told of how a
seemingly 'chance' lighting upon this little paper has brought
help and light to those concerned. This is the kind of thing that
frequently comes to our knowledge.
The Lord has been pleased to give His seal to this ministry over
many years, and is doing so right up to date. The circle quietly
but quite definitely enlarges all the time. We know quite well
that the ministry contained herein is fairly solid food, and, of
course, only the really hungry will appreciate it. But, there,
that is just our particular calling. Those who want lighter fare
are not without abundant provision, and the Lord has much variety
in need and supply.
Most of us who have sought to go on with the Lord to His full end
know how, at different stages, certain kinds of spiritual food
have met our need. But the time has come when a certain kind no
longer helps us and we look for something more. The Lord has His
provision along the road suited to the particular point of
progress. We do not look upon what He gives us as everything or
even final, but just as something provided by the Lord to meet His
people at a point and to take them a bit further on.
The spiritual life follows closely the course of the natural:
infancy, childhood, youth, manhood, maturity. It is, however,
necessary to note that the Word of God makes it very evident that
the last governs all the others. "Full growth" governs all in the
mind and will of God, and it is subnormal or abnormal to stay
unduly long at any stage short of that end. A consideration should
be given by every normal Christian - not to what he or she likes
or fancies, but - to what is necessary to carry the life forward
beyond its present measure. All the Lord's dealings with us in
discipline and ordering are governed by this end - to increase the
measure of Christ in us; and He would have us to be concerned
about the food question in this direction.
We should not write off as valueless certain food because at
present we cannot understand it. If we go on with the Lord, that
which at this stage is beyond us may come to be our very life. The
point is, let us be always going on, reaching forward.
The great need is that spiritual life and spiritual truth keep in
step as demand and supply. If this is not so, the life will become
unbalanced. Let us pray continually that the Lord will be very
faithful with us in this respect, that He keep life and experience
abreast of teaching and truth, and meet us with light for the
maintenance of life.
This is certainly our prayer concerning this ministry, and we are
deeply anxious that all of our readers shall be on the above