[May 9]
Blessed be the Lord, that hath given rest unto his people. I Kings 8:56
WHILE the whole creation groans under its load of sin and sorrow, the saintly few may sing, may rejoice, even in the midst of all the sorrows of life and even though they share the results of sin as fully or even more fully than do others. The secret of their joy is twofold: (1) They have experienced reconciliation to God. (2) They have submitted their wills to his will. They obtained this new relationship by the way of faith in the Redeemer—faith in his blood of atonement. They entered by the "strait gate" and "narrow way" of consecration to God—surrendering their own will and covenanting to do the divine will to the best of their ability. Z'11-381 R4892:5(Hymn 186)