Confidence in the Scriptures

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I called, a few days since, to see a poor old bed-ridden woman, who has been a sufferer for many years.
She professes to be a believer, and I was talking a little to her about going to heaven.
Her husband, an aged man, who had worked hard all his life, but feebleness rendered him unfit for daily labor, was sitting by her bedside.
Although I had frequently visited his wife, I had never met him before, as he had only recently been obliged to give up his work and remain at home. I turned to him and asked, "Are you going to heaven?"
"Yes, unless the Scriptures are false," he answered.
"O!" I said "is your heart all right then?"
"I trust the Scriptures more than my heart." He further remarked, "I put all my trust in the Lord, and He has said, `I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee,' and His blood has washed away all my sins."
This was what a poor, uneducated quarryman could say about his hope for the future, and that in a tone of firm decision. I was struck with his simple confidence in the Scriptures, and at once saw that, though ignorant and unlearned as to what the world calls wisdom, he was taught of God, and therefore could trust Him.
How few, in these days of great religious profession, possess the simple faith and childlike confidence of this dear old man, and, if asked, "Are you going to heaven?" could give such an answer.
"The Word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you." 1 Peter 1:25.