1. Although the way be fearsome, although the way be drear,
Remember friends are with you and that Christ is ever near.
Although the way be gloomy, although the way be dark,
Remember He’s beside you, guiding you towards the mark.
2. Although the way be rocky, although the way be rough,
Remember how He’s led you thru the easy and the tough.
Although the way be stony, although the way be steep,
Remember how He’s led you thru the shallows and the deep.
3. Although the way be narrow, although the way be long,
Remember He’s beside you, always there to keep you strong.
Although the way be lonely, although the way be cold,
Remember He’s beside you with His hand for you to hold.
4. Although the way be rugged, although the way be hard,
Remember how He’s led you even though the way you’ve marred.
Although the way be windy, although you may feel lost,
He’s given His life for you and He never counts the cost.
5. Although the way be stormy, although the way be harsh,
Remember He’ll protect you from the quicksand and the marsh.
Although the way be misty, although the way be dim,
Remember He’s there for you if you only trust in Him.
6. Although the way be painful, although the cuts be deep,
Remember He’s there with you when you’re scared and when you weep.
Although you may be weary, although you may feel sad,
Don’t ever let the good times be forgotten when it’s bad.
7. Although you’re tempted sorely, although the doubts press in,
Keep clinging to the pathway and He’ll keep you safe from sin.
Just don’t deny He’s led you each step along the way,
He’ll guide you each tomorrow, if you follow Him today.
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For every trial, God has provided help. When Israel in the desert came to the bitter waters of Marah, Moses cried unto the Lord. The Lord did not provide some new remedy; He called attention to that which was at hand. A shrub which He had created was to be cast into the fountain to make the water pure and sweet. When this was done, the people drank of the water and were refreshed. In every trial, if we seek Him, Christ will give us help. Our eyes will be opened to discern the healing promises recorded in His word. The Holy Spirit will teach us how to appropriate every blessing that will be an antidote to grief. For every bitter draft that is placed to our lips, we shall find a branch of healing.
We are not to let the future, with its hard problems, its unsatisfying prospects, make our hearts faint, our knees tremble, our hands hang down. “Let him take hold of My strength,” says the Mighty One, “that he may make peace with Me; and he shall make peace with Me.” Isaiah 27:5. Those who surrender their lives to His guidance and to His service will never be placed in a position for which He has not made provision. Whatever our situation, if we are doers of His word, we have a Guide to direct our way; whatever our perplexity, we have a sure Counselor; whatever our sorrow, bereavement, or loneliness, we have a sympathizing Friend.
If in our ignorance we make missteps, the Saviour does not forsake us. We need never feel that we are alone. Angels are our companions. The Comforter that Christ promised to send in His name abides with us. In the way that leads to the City of God there are no difficulties which those who trust in Him may not overcome. There are no dangers which they may not escape. There is not a sorrow, not a grievance, not a human weakness, for which He has not provided a remedy.
None need abandon themselves to discouragement and despair. Satan may come to you with the cruel suggestion, “Yours is a hopeless case. You are irredeemable.” But there is hope for you in Christ. God does not bid us overcome in our own strength. He asks us to come close to His side. Whatever difficulties we labor under, which weigh down soul and body, He waits to make us free.
He who took humanity upon Himself knows how to sympathize with the sufferings of humanity. Not only does Christ know every soul, and the peculiar needs and trials of that soul, but He knows all the circumstances that chafe and perplex the spirit. His hand is outstretched in pitying tenderness to every suffering child. Those who suffer most have most of His sympathy and pity. He is touched with the feeling of our infirmities, and He desires us to lay our perplexities and troubles at His feet and leave them there.
It is not wise to look to ourselves and study our emotions. If we do this, the enemy will present difficulties and temptations that weaken faith and destroy courage. Closely to study our emotions and give way to our feelings is to entertain doubt and entangle ourselves in perplexity. We are to look away from self to Jesus.
When temptations assail you, when care, perplexity, and darkness seem to surround your soul, look to the place where you last saw the light. Rest in Christ’s love and under His protecting care. When sin struggles for the mastery in the heart, when guilt oppresses the soul and burdens the conscience, when unbelief clouds the mind, remember that Christ’s grace is sufficient to subdue sin and banish the darkness. Entering into communion with the Saviour, we enter the region of peace.
– Ellen White, The Ministry of Healing, p. 248-249