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BY J. R. MILLER God never gives all he has to give. The time never comes when he has nothing more to bestow. We never reach the best in divine blessings : there is always something better yet to come. Every door that opens into a treasury of love shows another door into another treas- ury beyond. The unrevealed is ever better than the revealed. We need not fear that we shall ever come to the end of God's goodness, or to any experience for which he will have no blessing ready.
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  GOD'S RESERVE OF GOODESS. BY J. R. MILLER God never gives all he has to give. The time never comes when he has nothing more to bestow. We never reach the best in divine blessings : there is always something better yet to come. Every door that opens into a treasury of love shows another door into another treas- ury beyond. The unrevealed is ever better than the revealed. We need not fear that we shall ever come to the end of God's goodness, or to any experience for which he will have no blessing ready. Yet the divine goodness is not emptied out in heaps at our feet when we first start in faith's pathway ; rather it is kept in reserve for us until we need it, and is then disbursed. The Scriptures speak of God's great goodness as laid up for them that fear him. This is the 62 GOD'S RESERVE OF GOODAESS. 6^, divine method, both in providence and in grace. We think of one gathering food in bright sum- mer days, when the harvests are golden, when the fruits hang on bending boughs, when 'the hillsides are purple with their vintage, and lay- ing up for winter's use, when the fields shall be bleak, and the trees and vines bare. Or we think of a father gathering riches, and securing them in safe deposits or investments for his children when they shall grow up. So God  has laid up goodness for his people. God laid up goodness in the creation and preparation of the earth. Ages before man was made, God was fitting up this globe to be his home, storing in mountain, hill, and plain, in water, air, and soil, and in all nature's treasuries, supplies for every human need. We think, for example, of the vast beds of coal laid up among earth's strata, ages and ages since, in order that our homes might be warmed and brightened in these later centuries ; of the iron, silver, gold, and other metals secreted in the veins of the rocks ; of the medicinal and heal- ing virtues stored in leaf, root, fruit, bark, and 64 GOD'S KESERl'E OF GOODESS. mineral ; and of all the latent forces and prop- erties lodged in nature, to be called out from time to time to minister to human wants. o sane and sensible man will say that all this was accidental : it was divine forethought that laid up all this goodness for the welfare of God's children. The same is true of spiritual provision. In the covenant of his love, in the infinite ages of the past, God laid up goodness for men. Re- demption was no afterthought : it was planned before the foundation of the world. Then Christ, in his incarnation, obedience, sufferings, and death, laid up goodness for his people. We sometimes forget, while we pillow our heads on the promises of God, and rest secure in the atonement, and enjoy all the blessings of redemption and the hopes of glory, what these things cost our Redeemer. In those long  years of poverty, those sharp days of tempta- tion, those keen hours of agony, he was laying up treasures of blessing and glory for us. There is not a hope or a joy of our Christian faith that does not coixjc to us out of the treas- GOD'S RESERVE OF GOODESS. 65 ures stored away by our Redeemer during the ye^rs of his humiliation and the hours of his agony. But all this goodness was laid up. The treasures were not all opened at the beginning. This is true, both in nature and in grace. So far as we know, there has been nothing new created since the beginning, but there has been a continual succession of developments of hid- den treasures and powers to meet the new needs of the multiplying and advancing race. Thus, when fuel began to grow scarce, the vast coal-beds were discovered. They were not created then for the emergency : ages before, they had been 'Maid up, but the storehouse was only then opened to meet the world's want. So, when material for light was in danger of exhaustion, the reservoirs of oil, long hidden in reserve, were opened. And in these recent days, men are discovering the powers af electri- city, — not a new creation, but an energy which has flowed silent and unperceived through all space from the beginning, only to become available in these later days. Human need is 66 GOD'S RESERVE OE GOODESS.  the key that unlocks the storehouses of God's provision for the children of men. In spiritual things, the method is the same. Take the Bible for illustration. It is a great treasury of reserved blessing. There has not been a chapter, a line, a word, added to it since the pen of inspiration wrote the final Amen ; yet every new generation finds new things in the Holy Book. This is true in all individual experience. As children we study the Bible, and con its words ; but many of the precious sentences have no meaning for us. The light, the comfort, or the help is there, but we do not see it : indeed, we cannot see it until we have larger experience, and a fuller sense of need. For a time the rich truths of the Bible seem to hide away, refusing to disclose to us their meaning. We read them in sunny youth, but do not discover the blessing or help that is in them. Then we move on into the midst of the struggles, trials, and conflicts of real life, and new senses begin to reveal themselves in the familiar sentences. Promises that seemed pale before, as if written with invisible ink. GOD'S RESERVE OE GOODESS. 67 begin to glow with rich meaning. Experience reveals their preciousness. Every Christian who has lived many years, and passed through trials and struggles, knows how texts with which he has been familiar from childhood, but in which he has never before found any special help, all at once, in some new experience of need or trial, flash out, like newly lighted lamps, and pour bright beams upon his path. The light was not new : it had shone there all the
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