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"No More Stumbling" (posted April 29, 2018)
"Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling."
- Jude, verse 24
"Unto Him that is able!" This is what gives new strength to the wearied warrior. Weak and helpless in ourselves, we look up in faith to One who is able, and thus out of weakness we are made strong.
Let the difficulties of the path be what they may-- however thickly strewn with the traps and snares of Satanic device-- God is able to keep the trusting soul without stumbling. David knew this when he sang, "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me" (Psalm 23:4).
This is enough for faith in the darkest and most trying hour. I may not see a step before me, but He who is able sees the end from the beginning. He bids me confide in His love and wisdom and thus implicitly trust myself to His guidance.
No believer would question the power of God to keep him five minutes without stumbling. But He who can keep for five minutes can keep for sixty; and He who can keep for an hour can keep for twenty-four; and He who can keep for one day can keep all the days if the eye and heart be fixed upon Himself.
For this very purpose our Lord Jesus Christ was separate from sinners (Heb. 7:26), though He also walked with them in grace, the undefiled and undefilable Man on earth. He prayed, "For their sakes I sanctify Myself [that is, I set Myself apart], that they also might be sanctified through the truth" (John 17:19). Thus He became in heavenly glory the object for His people's hearts, so that, daily living while looking off unto Jesus (Heb. 12:2), they might be kept from stumbling.
Harry A. Ironside