his soul to Jesus has found the clue to the maze!"
Modern unbelief is so short of the quality that it seized the label,
and has advertised itself as HONEST doubt. It was in dire need of
a character. We lift our feeble voice on behalf of HONEST FAITH.
PROFOUND THOUGHTS ON FAITH AND DOUBT
The limping of the leader is the lameness of the follower. It is a grand advantage to the life of faith that we follow Jesus who never doubted. In the whole, story of his life, from his childhood to his death, there is no trace of doubting. All other men, the best, the firmest, the most learned, the most godly, have had their times of questioning, their dark hours of mistrust; but Jesus is never uncertain, never even hesitates. Knowing the Father, being wholly conformed to him, seeking only his glory, confiding fully in the eternal power, he never gropes in darkness, but goes serenely forward in a calm, unclouded light. In the hour of his enemies' triumph, and of his own passion, he is "exceeding sorrowful, even unto death," but never mistrustful, or dubious. In his mind there never lurked the slightest fear as to the ultimate success of his great enterprise, even though all his disciples forsook him and fled.
To the soldier in battle, the confidence of his captain is worth many battalions. Looking up into the calmly resolute and expectant face of the commander - in - chief, the waverer grows steadfast, and even the most confident is further reassured. If the Christ had doubted, the common Christian might have despaired; but since he who bore the brunt of the battle never staggered, it is not ours to question. Had doubt been meritorious or useful, Jesus would not have been without it; had it been a sinless infirmity of manhood, Jesus would have suffered it; and had it been a process needful for growth and development, the Firstborn would, have become a partaker in it with the rest of the family. Seeing that Jesus did not doubt, we feel no reverence for scepticism; we judge that it is not necessary to a perfect humanity, and we conclude that the less we have to do with it the better. Say you not so, good comrade?