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upon such close fellowsliip with God that he carries them for us. is not entirely in our own not enough that we think of God and make our approach to him. Communion proceeds from both sides. Unless God draAvs near to us, we can have no close fellowship with him. To think: God is ever ready to wait on me, it merely depends upon me whether or not I will meet him, does not indicate sufficient humility or sense of dependence. Thinking of God is not fellowship with God. True fellowship is far more devout and far more intimately personal. And as often as w^e have true fellowship with God, it is a grace and a benefit for which we owe him thanks. It is not that we are so good and so devout as to lift up our heart unto God. But it is rather Divine Compassion that condescends to us to bless us and to make us rich with the experience of his

All this, however,

hands.

It is

presence. If before sleep the latest feeling is one of delight in the tenderness of the Lord, and if the first conscious thought on aw^aking in the morning of itself goes out after God, the gain is very great. This makes us to be accustomed to God, and prepares us for the night of the grave, when there shall be no more interruption in our fellowship

with him.

At

we

on our beds, our helplessness.

night,

feel

when we can not sleep, Much more so, indeed,

than when by day garments adorn our person, when our word makes our influence a power and when we labor to make or maintain our position in life. We lie prostrate on our bed and stand no longer upright. We are well nigh motionless. 41

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Bekijk de hele uitgave van dinsdag 1 januari 1918

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 620 Pagina's

To be near unto God - pagina 45

Bekijk de hele uitgave van dinsdag 1 januari 1918

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 620 Pagina's

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