I had finished a week’s preaching in Baltimore on a Sunday night and was due to begin in La Salle, Illinois, on the Monday night following. Some said I couldn’t make it on wartime train schedules. On Monday morning, I noticed that the Pullman seat opposite mine was occupied by a prominent government official. He was on his way to speak in Chicago. Pressure was brought to bear on his behalf and the train really went through on time. I sat and looked at him—a cat may look at a king—and thought, “You may think we are making this schedule because you are to speak in Chicago, but, really, the good Lord is just getting this little preacher to La Salle to begin his revival on time!” That was one time I had the government working for me! It may seem that man’s plans are given the main line today, but God is seeing His own program through. The best thing we can do is to find out which way God is going and get ourselves going in that direction.
GOD AND TITUS
I found no rest in my spirit, because I found not Titus my brother…Our flesh had no rest, but we were troubled on every side; without were fightings, within were fears. Nevertheless God, that comforteth those that are cast down, comforted us by the coming of Titus.
II Corinthians 2:13; 7:5, 6
Thank God for the humanness of Paul! Every lonely preacher, far from home, without rest in flesh or spirit, finds a kindred soul in these verses. We miss Titus, whether a brother or a dear one far from us. True, we have God, but we need the touch of a human hand and God often comforts us by Titus. It takes both God and Titus to cheer the castdown. Paul had his helpers, like Onesiphorus, who oft refreshed him, and like Luke and Timothy.
But when the day came that “all men forsook” him, he could say, “Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me.” There may come a time when Titus cannot reach us, but when it comes God will get through. And in the last valley where the dearest cannot go along we need fear no evil “for thou art with me.”