How can they escape?

(Joseph Philpot, "Daily Portions")

"He will keep the feet of His saints."
    1 Samuel 2:9

The Lord sees His poor scattered pilgrims
traveling through a valley of tears, journeying
through a waste howling wilderness, a path
beset with baits, traps, and snares in every
direction.

How can they escape?

Why, the Lord 'keeps their feet'. He carries them
through every rough place, as a tender parent
carries a little child. When about to fall, He
graciously lays His everlasting arms underneath
them. And when tottering and stumbling, and
their feet ready to slip, He mercifully upholds
them from falling altogether.

But do you think that He has not different ways
for different feet? The God of creation has not
made two flowers, nor two leaves upon a tree
alike; and will He cause all his people to walk
in precisely the same path? No. We have . . .
  each our path,
  each our troubles,
  each our trials,
  each peculiar traps and snares laid for our feet.

And the wisdom of the all wise God is shown by His
eyes being in every place; marking the footsteps of
every pilgrim; suiting His remedies to meet their
individual case and necessity; appearing for them
when nobody else could do them any good; watching
so tenderly over them, as though the eyes of His
affection were bent on one individual; and carefully
noting the goings of each, as though all the powers
of the Godhead were concentrated on that one
person to keep him from harm!




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