ALONE WITH GOD: FITTING FOR SERVICE
M. E. ANDROSS (1917)
“This sacred shade and solitude, what is it? It is the felt presence of the Deity.”
“Few are the faults we flatter when alone.”
“There is no better fitting for service than secret communion with the Divine.”
A Thousand rivulets, in the sudden abundant breaking of a summer shower, flow into a land depression and form oftentimes a beautiful little lake; but, in a few days, the hot sun dries the little streams, the lake becomes a pond, and the pond is soon a stagnant pool. There are many springs, in the vernal season, in the Appalachian ranges; but few remain till the noontide heat of the later summer. Yet we see the noble river flowing through the drought stricken land during all the long, torrid days of the burning summer season. It finds its source in the eternal snows and never-failing springs of the far-away mountains. Men die with spent water bottles, journeying over the hot sands of the desert; but the palm tree grows and flourishes. Its roots take hold of the unseen fountains.Sociability is good, but there may be too much of it. The instinct of selfness oftentimes leads us away from the solitude that is needed. Solitude is woven into every character truly strong. Not solitude with one’s self alone. That may be in part profitable; but solely, it is a source of weakness. All that it may yield us is no better, stronger, higher, than ourselves. Let the solitary moments be with God; for “God to man does talk in solitude.” Converse with Him connects us with the great fountain of life and power, a source-supply inexhaustible, and makes the soul a spring of crystal sweetness, “whose waters fail not.” It is for the purpose of helping all Christians to make the infinite, loving God and Savior their source-supply, that this little book is written by the author. May God bless its mission.
“Alone with God!” The keynote this Of every holy life,
The secret power of fragrant growth, And victory over strife.
“Alone with God!” In private prayer And quietness, we feel That He draws near our waiting souls, And does-Himself reveal.
“Alone with God!” Earth’s laurels fade; Ambition tempts not there; The world and self are judged just right, And no false colors wear.
“Alone with God!” True knowledge gained, While sitting at His feet.We learn life’s greatest lessons there, Which make for service meet.
1. THE SUPREME PRIVILEGE
2. THE LIFE THAT COUNTS
3. EQUIPMENT FOR SERVICE
4. JESUS AND I ARE FRIENDS
5. ALONE WITH GOD’S WORD
6. TAKE TIME TO PRAY
7. ESSENTIALS TO SUCCESSFUL PRAYER LIFE
8. THE MORNING HOUR
9. WHEN PRAYER FAILS