in the City
"If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, blessed shalt thou be
in the city." (Deuteronomy 28:2-3)
The city is full of care, and he who has to go there from day to day finds it to be a
place of great wear and tear. It is full of noise, and stir, and bustle, and sore travail;
many are its temptations, losses, and worries. But to go there with the divine blessing
takes off the edge of its difficulty; to remain there with that blessing is to find
pleasure in its duties and strength equal to its demands.
A blessing in the city may not make us great, but it will keep us good; it may not make us
rich, but it will preserve us honest. Whether we are porters, or clerks, or managers, or
merchants, or magistrates, the city will afford us opportunities for usefulness. It is
good fishing where there are shoals of fish, and it is hopeful to work for our Lord amid
the thronging crowds. We might prefer the quiet of a country life; but if called to town,
we may certainly prefer it because there is room for our energies.
Today let us expect good things because of this promise, and let our care be to have an
open ear to the voice of the Lord and a ready hand to execute His bidding. Obedience
brings the blessing. "In keeping his commandments there is great reward."