The Letters of Ruth Bryan,
Dear Miss W.
You complain of having but little of the sensible love and presence of your
Beloved, and that once you enjoyed much more. I do not know sufficient of
your experience, to be able to judge whether the Lord is withholding
sensible enjoyments to bring you to live more by faith upon Himself than
upon His benefits. If so, I am sure the more you are brought so to live
upon the precious Person and work of Jesus, the more stability of soul you
will experience. Your soul being brought to triumph in Him who is the
"Lord our Righteousness." I know not whether it be so, or whether the Lord
is saying Rev. 2:4, 5; if so, you will cry Psalm 19:12, and Psalm 51:12.
But, however, though no fellow-pilgrim may exactly understand your present
exercises and position in the Divine life, your dear Lord knows all about
it; and, if you closely wait upon Him, He will reveal what He intends, by
the change in your experience. Oh! may He cause you to come out of self
continually, and find your all in Jesus. The Lord establish, strengthen,
and settle you on the Rock, as David sings (Psalm 40:2). My heart longs that
it may be thus with you, for this is the victory that overcomes; all faith
in Jesus and in His doing and suffering. Excuse all this from one who longs
that your heart may be "established with grace." To Him I commend you—may He
be revealed more fully in your soul.