40 STASHED IDEAS
Or procure, what is still better, an alarum, by which you may regulate almost to a minute the time when you wish to rise. Though I have very many times been awakened by the Lord, in answer to prayer, almost to the minute when I desired to rise; yet I thought it well to procure an alarum to assist me in my purpose of rising early: not indeed as if it could give the least help, without the Lord’s blessing, for I should remain in bed notwithstanding the noise of the alarum, were he not to give me grace to rise; but simply looking upon it as a means.
The above step is true because His almighty power and infinite wisdom have been actually exercised in helping and delivering His people; and we will repose upon the willingness of God to help us, because we have not only learned from the Scriptures what a kind, good, merciful, gracious, and faithful being God is, but because we have also seen in the word of God, how in a great variety of instances He has proved Himself to be so.
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