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Distressing Condition from Which Many of God’s Children Suffer I Sermon toy the “Highway and Byway" Preacher. I Copyright, 1903, by J. M. Hdson. Chicagro. Sunday, Oct. 18, 1903. Text—"Fret not thyself because of evil doers. . . . Fret not thyself in any wise to do evil."—Ps. 37:1, 8. i ANY Christians are afflicted with near sightedness. The , natural eye may be perfect and per form its functions with unerring faithfulness, but they are near sighted neverthe less. They may ': i I be able to see the glories of mountain, of woodland, of meadow', w’ith waters shimmering and splashing in the sunshine, and birds Balling in the blue vault of the heav ens, but notwithstanding the keenness of the natural vision which enables them to drink in the beauties of na ture, they may be woefully and dis tressingly near-sighted. The spiritual vision is defective. The eyes of the soul are not trained to see beyond the present moment, or circumstance, or condition, or need. There is no look ing off to the distant triumph and blessing of the Lord, for the eyes are holden by the stress of present circum stances, or the glitter of present gain. It is as though the Christian used the little end of a telescope when looking at the things of God, and reversing it and magnifying and bringing nearer objects when looking at the world. Jesus charged His disciples with hav ing eyes and yet seeing not, and the type of the near-sighted Christian is not extinct. He is met w’ith on every hand. Yea, perhaps we will not have to go very far at the present moment to discover such an one. Almost all 1 “\ *« i r. 11 A r. n w a a ttl i a t a ,1 n.i t Vi enirHuol near-sightedness at times, while with others the condition is chronic. This Is a disease which is distressing to the Christian and limits his efficiency in the service of the Lord. The Christian who permits this disease to fasten itself upon him is handicapped, both as to his personal relationship to his Lord and his relationship to the v/orld. There is confused uncertainty attend ing his movements and he is unable to see far enough to appreciate his op portunities and blessings. Take for illustration the person who is suffering from near-sightedness of the natural eye, and whose defect has not been cured or corrected by properly-fitted lenses. What a great disadvantage he labors under. He is never quite sure of his footing, and everything is con fused and misshapen before his imper fect vision. And it Is so with the Christian who suffers from spiritual near-sightedness. He is not able to look far enough ahead to walk with any certainty or courage, and his effi ciency in service is curtailed, or even wholly destroyed, because of present stress or difficulties or present pleas ures and hope of gain. BUT what connection has the near sighted Christian to the words of our text? Much, because the Christian will frets at the success or prosperity of evil doers, or who is tempted to meet evl' with evil, or trickery with trickery, or questionable shrewdness with question able shrewdness, is the near-sighted’ Christian. The whole thirty-seventh Psalm is splendid eyesalve for this dis ease of near-sightedness. Our text is the urgent admonition which introduces to the rest of the Psalm. The Psalmist un folds in great richness and fullness and clearness the reasons why the Christian should not be near-sighted. Doubtless in David’s day there were a good many people afflicted with this disease. In one of the Psalms ascribed to Asaph—the seventy-third—the troubled and per plexed and near-sighted poet exclaims: "But as for me, my feet were almost gone; My steps had well-nigh slipped. For I was envious at the arrogant, When 1 saw the prosperity o' the wicked. For there are no bands in their death; But their strength is firm. They are not in trouble as other men; Neither are they plagued like other men. Therefore pride is as a chain about their neck; Violence covereth them as a garment. Their eyes stand out with fatness; They have more than heart could wish. They scoff, and in wickedness utter op pression; They speak loftily. They have set their mouth In the heavens, And their tongue walketh through the earth. Therefore his people return thither; And waters of a full cup are wrung out ■ ■ 4 Vi r And they say. How doth God know? And Is there knowledge in the Most High? Behold, these are the wicked; And, being alway at ease, they increase in riches. Surely in vain have I cleansed my heart, And washed my hands in innocency; For all the day long have I been plagued, And chastened every morning. If I had said, I will speak thus; Behold, I had dealt treacherously with the generation of thy children. When I thought how I might know' this It was too painful lor me.” And if he had looked nowhere else than upon the picture which he has painted in the preceding lines, surely his feet would have wholly slipped, but he goes on to tell us: "I went Into the sanctuary of God, And considered their latter end. Surely thou settest them In slippery places; Thou ca&tent them down to destruction.” Asaph’s near-sightedness was cured by a glimpse of God and His large purposes and ultimate triumph, and so may the near-sightedness of all Christians be so cured. The thirty-seventh Psalm un folds the part God plays in human af fairs, and supplies the reason why the Christian should not fret because of evil doers, or because of their prosperity. Read it carefully and prayerfully. THERE are two main types of the near sighted Christian: One frets be cause of the prosperity of the wicked; the other frets hihiself into wrong-doing. The first is a passive condition; the other is active. Let us look at the first type of near-sighted Christian. He of all Christians is miserable. He has his eyes fixed upon the world and the things and people of the world. He is In a perpetual unhappy state because the restraints and restrictions of the Christian life chafe him. He thinks the world and the people oi the world have by far the better time. As some one has so aptly said, they have Just enough religion to be miserable. When they were groping in the blindness of the unsaved state, they permitted Jesus to touch their eyes and give them enough sight to see men as trees, walk ing. but they have never desired to obtain any clearer sight. They are near sighted. They do not see beyond present conditions, nor do they feel beyond pres ent desires. Esau sold his birthright for a mess of pottage, because he was hungry. He was near-sighted enough to let a bowl of cooked vegetables eclipse a sacred birthright. A five-cent piece held near enough to the eye can shut out the great sun. And many a Christian is near-sighted enough to let the perishable things of time shut out the things of eternity. Lot was troubled with near sightedness. He could see only as far as Sodom and Gomorrah, and all the glories of that eternal city in the Heavens which filled the vision of Abraham were shut out. And see how much he lost through his near-sightedness! See how much he suffered! The glitter of this life, of pres ent ease, and gain and pleasure, held his eye, but he lost it all and barely escaped with his life. On the whole, I think, you will be willing to admit that Abraham had a better time of it. He got more out of this life, and he is enjoying more in Heaven to-day, I believe, because his eye of faith pe.netrated the things of time and fixed itself upon the things of eternity. He developed a large capacity for Heaven, while Lot starved his soul on the husks of the world and barely got into the Eternal City. TAKE your Bible and search through its pages for the long list of near sighted followers of God. Some suf fered from intermittent attacks of the disease, others suffered perpetually from the distressing condition. Saul belonged to this latter class. His per sistent near-sightedness kept him con tinually out of the pathway of God’s will and purpose for him. He would not see that his course led down and away from God. And how many are there who are running perilously near to the course which Saul took to his destruction. A near-sightedness which shut out all but the present purpose, or plan, or desire. Then there are those wno suffer from the intermittent at tacks of near-sightedness. There was David. A night of debauch and pleas ure cost him days and weeks and months of agony of soul, and distress and disgrace of life. One has only to read the fifty-first Psalm to know what his near-sightedness cost him. Sorrow and distress and trou ble ultimately are the lot of the near sighted Christian. He may forget that there is an accounting day coming. The near-sighted Christian does not look over into the to-morrows, but sees only the desires and attractions and ambitions of to-day. He lives from hand to mouth, and gulps down any thing that comes along. No wonder there is spiritual dyspepsia, that there i are deformities and monstrosities. | Near-sightedness brings in its wake a distressing array of difficulties and | troubles. AND when the consequences of near sightedness are realized what sense of regret there is that one has allowed himself to fall into such error. And a new danger is encountered here. If realization of past near-sightedness is not followed by a treating and cur ing of the disease, there is soon fur ther cause to mourn continued near sightedness. If I know that I have a certain disease, prudence and necessi ty demand that I take means to cure that disease. How foolish for me to mourn the ill effects suffered from the disease without taking corrective steps to prevent further evil consequences And yet that is exactly the way in which so many, many Christians go blundering through life. Their career Is one long-continued story of regret, regret, regret, but corrective measures are not taken to prevent the reason for regret in the future. It is easy to look backward and realize past near-sight edness, but it is another matter to have that near-sightedness cured. Why go on blundering? Why not call in the Great Physician and seek His aid in effecting a cure? But it is one thing to call in the Saviour and have Him diagnose the case, and it is quite an other thing to take His medicine. When He prescribes more faith; more active, positive goodness: more na tient waiting, you must take them all if you would be cured. Near-sighted ness limits the vision to the present, but faith reaches up and on until the certainties of God are laid hold of. Near-sightedness prevents one ,'ror.i seeing the opportunities of being good and doing good. It destroys the de sire to do good. Spiritual near-sight edness tends to selfishness and self seeking. But let works, the hand maiden of faith, have her rightful place in the life, and another long step is taken in effecting a cure. Thr near-sighted Christian may be busy saying, “Lord, Lord,” and withholding the cup of cold water which will win the recognition and approval of the Master. And with faith and works must be mixed a liberal amount of pa tience. The near-sighted Christian knows not the meaning of that word patience. He does not know how to wait. His near-sightedness results in impatience. He cannot see far enough to wait for things; near-sightedness tells him he must have at once or not at all. But patience must be taken in liberal doses, if that disease of near sightedness is to be cured. THE more alarming condition of near-sightedness is suggested In the latter part of our text: “Fret not thyself in anywise to do evil.” Is the admonition of the Psalmist needed to day? What does it mean to be fretted into the commission of wrong? It seems to me there are two directions in which this admonition of the Psalm ist is violated very generally in this our day. First of all, in the preva lence of lowered standards, a sort of, compromising attitude toward evil; and secondly, the laying aside the weapons of righteousness and truth in combat with evil, and resorting to the arms and tactics of the enemy. Both are evidences of near-sightedness on the part of the Christian who is guilty of such practices. There is great dan ger of the Christian under the stress of circumstances and the tendencies of the times in falling into either or both of these errors, and perhaps without being conscious of it. I am inclined to believe there is a steady drifting away from the one standard of truth and righteousness which God has estab lished. Human wisdom and reasoning are busy leveling these standards down to man’s conditions, instead of seeking to bring man up to the high standards of God. It is declared openly that the successful business man cannot be strictly honest, and the Christian al lows himself to be influenced by such declaration, and a low standard comes to rule in the life. Christians, who would consider it dishonest to cheat their neighbor out of five cents, con sider they have done a wise and com mendable and right thing when they cheat the railway out of a fare it has earned. Christians, who know that a 1**3 id au auuiumauuu 111 ill U Si&Ill Ut the Lord and is thejstepping stone to other evil doing, believe or try to be lieve that the white lie, as it is called (white with the leprosy of sin, per haps), is admissible and right at times. And all this is an indication, a sad in dication, of the growth of lower stan dards. THE child’s copy book furnishes ua 1 an illustration here which is point ed and emphatic. The first word writ ten under the perfect copy furnished at the head of the column is excellent and very like the perfect original, but as the child proceeds with its task and uses as a pattern that which it has but previously written, the last effort nt the bottom of the page is sadly unlike the perfect copy from which the start was made. Unconsciously that child has departed step by step from the well-formed letters of the copy until it is startled at last when it lifts its eyes from the word at the bottom of the column and sees how unlike it is to that at the top. The Irregularities which crept into the first transcription and which were hardly perceptible have been intensified until the altera tion has become decided and striking. So it is with principles, rules and cus toms, and even laws. Man has been busy for a good many years cutting his forms of rules of conduct and govern ment from the patterns which the pre ceding generation has furnished, until principles and conditions have come to prevail which would not have been con ceived of or tolerated years ago. Take the present attitude towards divorce and many of the laws relating there to, as an illustration. Take the scien tific nonsense met with on every hand regarding child-bearing, the rearing and control of children, and the life and atmosphere of the home. Take the Sunday question—Sunday thea ters; Sunday newspapers with their villainous humor, and their sensa tional features, which deaden the reli gious sense of the adults and blast the budding germs of piety in the young; Sunday sports and outings. Take the spirit which largely rules in legislative bodies, and in the commercial and industrial worlds, one must admit that here has been a departure from first principles. AND in the second place Christians are fretted Into the dnine of evil when they adopt questionable means in dealing with or combating evil. They reason that you must meet the enemy on his own ground and with his own weapons if you would conquer. They lose sight of the fact that God is planning the bat tle, and that carnal weapons in the hands of the Christian are dishonoring to God and dangerous to himself. Even though they seem to succeed for the time, ulti mately they will react and strike back after the manner of the boomerang. God’s warning: “Fret not thyself in any wise to do evil,” is forgotten when evil assails, and the chafing spirit plunges into the conflict regardless of Christian dignity or the principles of righteousness. When the enemy resorts to sharp double dealing, attempt is made to retaliate In kind. Trickery calls forth trickery. But the Christian never yet won a permanent and enduring advan tage or victory through conduct or methods which were contrary to God’s standards of righteousness and truth. Often the individual Christian, often re ligious bodies, come face to face with the temptation of securing an advantage by a course which will not stand the search ing glance of God or secure His ap proval. Human wisdom and reasoning would declare that it was the right course to pursue because of the advantage it would secure, but departure from the pathway of strict integrity or righteous ness brings its penalty. THE Christian can always afford to wait on God. If it is the will of God that the object sought or desired is to be attained, then it will come in due time, by methods and means which are alike upright and honorable. Jacob did not have to lie to secure the birthright and the blessings which accompanied it. It was his by right of purchase and in ful fillment of the promise and purpose of God. He secured the blessing and birthright by questionable means be cause he would not wait upon God to bring His purposes to pass; but see the train of evils, difficulties and troubles which followed Jacob all his life until his sons in turn lied to him and nearly broke his heart in the case of Joseph. David knew that it did not pay to do evil, even to obtain a great advantage. Twice did he let his enemy Saul go safely out of his hand when seemingly provi dentially the king was placed in his power, and when he might have reasoned that it would be a good thing to end the conflict in Israel and ascend to the throne for which he had been annolnted. The near-sighted Christian frets because of evil-doers; he frets himself into the adoption of lowered standards; he frets himself into the adoption of evil methods in combating evil, but he loses In the end. God says: "Fret not thyself be cause of evil-doers. Fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.” We need more faith; we need more positive goodness in our lives and hearts; we need more patience in waiting upon God, If we would obey God’s voice and be free from the sad affliction of spiritual near-sight edness. THE SUNDAY SCHOOL. I Leiion lu the International Series for October 3B, 1003—Iilcuaed ncn of ForKlvencm. THE LESSON TEXT. (Ps. 32.) 1. Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. 2. Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not Iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile. 3. When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long. 4. For day and night Thy hand was heavy upon me; my moisture 1b turned into the drought of summer. 6. I acknowledged my sin unto Thee, and mine iniquity hav;e I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and Thou forgnvest the iniquity of my sin. 6. For this shall everyone that is godly pray unto Thee in a time when Thou mayest be found; surely In the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto Him. 7. Thou art my hiding place; Thou shalt preserve me from trouble; Thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliver ance. 5. I will Instruct thee and teach thee In the way which thou shalt go; 1 will guide thee with mine eye. 9. Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding; whose moutji must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee. 10. Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; but he that trusteth in the Lord, mtrcy shall compass him about. 11. Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous; and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart. GOLDEX TEXT.—lllesaed Ik he vvlione trnnKgrc.sNion i» forgiven, wlioae aln ia covered.—I*a. 33:1. OUTLINE OF SCRIPTURE SECTION. The Blessed of Forgiveness.Ps. 32:1,2. Sorrow Turned to Joy.Ps. 32:3-6. Hope for All in the Psalmist's Experi ences .Ps. 32:fr-lL vn'pr.’c? a vn AAAniVYTC The connection between this lesson and those that have preceded it is plain, though it is one of thought rather than of historical incident. Our last lesson included the story of David’s sin and repentance, and to impress its lessons more strongly upon us, the marvelous prayer of the broken heart in the Fifty first psalm. From that study of the ex perience of one who had sinned and re pented we go on to this study of the blessedness of forgiveness and the way in which one may find it. (Ps. 32:1, 2.) There are three words used here for sin, and, while in general synonymous, each adds a shade cf mean ing not in the others. “Transgression.” “A breaking loose from God; ” disregard ing His will. “Sin.” This word in the original suggests a missing of the mark —for sin is a terrible blunder and failure as well as a terrible wrong. “Iniquity.” A distortion or perversion. A fine face, distorted, becomes hideous, and a good thing perverted mav become the worst of bad things. “Whose sin is covered.” The figure suggests that sin is something horrible to look upon, and that God mercifully draw's the veil over it. “Im puteth not iniquity.” Does not charge his sin against him. “No guile.” No insincerity; no pretending. (Vs. 3-5.) “W'hen I kept silence.” Sullenly trying to ignore his sin. “My bones w'asted aw'ay.” No man can defy his conscience with impunity. This is a leaf from the personal experience of the psalmist, and we know what he means from our own personal experierce. “Thy hand was heavy upon me.” The hand of conscience is the hand of God. It is laid upon the sinner not primarily to make him suffer, but to make him re form. “The drought of summer.” A guilty conscience checks all soul growth and contracts and shrivels and dries up life as the blasts of the hot Eouth winds dry up all vegetation in a midsummer drought. Note that the psalmist speaks of having had regret and so-row all this time, but it was not repentance. What was the difference? Alexander Maclaren has said that this psalm is “a chart of one man’s path from the denthsto the heights, and avails to guide all.” The change comes in verse 5. It was the breaking down of the stubborn, defiant spirit, the dropping of the fiction of goodness when there was no goodness, and the humble opening of the heart to the Father in confession. “Thou forgavest the iniquity.” God is ever ready to forgive and to consider a man as separated from his sin w'hen He sees that the man has with all his heart put his sin away. God cannot consider a man’s sin put away until it is. He cannot deal in fictions. Recall here Christ’s teaching in the parable of the prodigal son. (Vs. 6-11.) “For this.” Because of this; therefore. “Every one that is godly.” Those who are true to God and strive to do His will—for the best Chris tians need still to pray for forgiveness. “When thou mayest be found.” The R. V. marginal reading is in the time of finding out (sin). This is possible. The preferred reading suggests that there is a time when it is too late—not because God is not ready to forgive, but because man has lost the capacity to become "a new man.” “I will instruct thee, etc." “It is usual to suppose that the psalmist still speaks, but surely ‘I will counsel thee with mine eye upon thee.’ does not fit human lips.”—Alexander Maclaren. The psalmist represents Jehovah as speaking the reassuring words of verse 8. Verse 9 suggests the reason why “many sorrows shall be to the wicked.” The psalm ends with a shout of joy. “Every tear sparkles like a diamond in' the sunshine of pardon, and he who be gins with the lowly cry for forgiveness1 will end with lofty songs of joy, and be! made, by God’s guidance and Spirit, righteous and upright in heart.” PRACTICAL SUGGESTIONS. The one whom God has forgiven is in deed blessed. His is the peace which passeth understanding. Hidden sin is hidden pain. There is no comfort for those who transgress God’s holy laws. Repentance and confession are sure to bring relief from tbe pain and torture of sin. For those who flee to God for pardon, there are songs instead of sighs and groans. Borrowed money makes time short;' working for others makes it long. j A Catching Advertisement.—Ida—“Ger trude inserted an advertisement that she would like to meet a gentleman who was fond of outdoor life.” Belle—“Who an swered?” Ida—“Sixteen tramps.”—Phila delphia Record. 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He went to still unother barber, now satisfied that whea he said ‘shave’ no barber would have the temerity to hint at an attempt to reduce the length of his hair. “ ‘Did you ever try Dr. Comeup’s hair restorer?' questioned the barber as he tooli up a bottle. “The Indians had a quicker way of get ting at a man's scalp than these barbers,” commented Senator Chandler. “Yes,” said the Maine statesman, "but we are living under modem, not ancient barbarism.” The Germ Theory. The discovery of the germ theory is per haps the most important in the history of medicine, the discovery of the stomaca of course excepted. Exhaustive experiments on guinea pigs have made it clear that mankind cannot be well without serums. But such is the character of serums that nobody will take them unless he is frightened. And the germ theory has thrown more scares into more people than all other theories put together. 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