“Thou shalt not be afraid of them; but shalt well remember what the Lord thy God did unto Pharoah, and unto all Egypt. Deut. 7:18. Be ye not terrified because of them; for the Lord your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.” Deut. 20:3,4. Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed.” Job 38:11.
The assaults of original sin will ever return; and we must not be surprised when one conflict is over, that another arises. This contest is unavoidable, for the enemy is within us. It makes us more careful and humble to know this, than to believe that we have only to encounter with sin from without, and not from within: and if we desire to feel less evil in us than God suffers us to have, we may be assured this desire proceeds either from pride, seeking to glory in our own righteousness, or from an impatient wish to get rid of the trouble of striving always against sin; whereas it should be enough for us that God suffers it, lays it not to our charge, and carries us through all dangers.
Let the redeemed of the Lord
The wonders of his grace record:
Israel, the nation which he chose,
And rescued from their mighty foes.
He feeds and clothes us all the way;
He guides our footsteps, lest we stray;
He guards us with a powerful hand,
And brings us to the heavenly land.
(A Golden Treasury ~ April 13)