The Whole World Is Changed

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"YES, I am saved! I know it now, and the whole world seems changed to me.
Three months ago life seemed so miserable, since we lost R. Now I have what is so much better, that I can only thank God for taking him away, for the loss has driven me to my Saviour. Yes, saved for three months! “The speaker was an animated girl of intelligent appearance; and her companion an aged man, whose peaceful face confirmed his reply—
“I am most glad to hear you say that.
It is a glorious thing to belong to God here in this world. I have proved it for twenty years. Yes, for twenty years I have not had a doubt as to my salvation!”
Many years have passed since the conversation related above took place; the young girl is now a gray-haired woman herself: but she still says, "The only glorious thing in this world is to belong to God—saved forever and knowing it—having eternal life and knowing it." Very different this to the case of a poor old lady of whom I lately heard. She was a believer in the Lord Jesus, but one of those who thought it presumption to be quite sure of being saved. For forty long years she was a member of a chapel, but never was really happy, until a few months ago a gospel magazine was given her to read; there she saw what God says about believing, and that He says nothing about feelings. She read this: "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life." The paper went on to tell of another person who was always in trouble because she was afraid of being too sure, until she resolved not to mind her feelings, but just trust God's own word; and the result was she soon knew it was not presumption to take God at His word, and have peace in believing.
The dear old lady read this, and said, "Oh, that's beautiful. She was just like me, only hoping; but, ' He that believeth hath everlasting life; ' that ought to be written in letters of gold; "—and golden letters they were to her. Many times she read them; the little magazine was placed in her Bible at the chapter it referred to; and when some little time after, in her last illness, a friend asked her if she were sure of going to be with the Lord, she replied, "God says, He that believeth hath everlasting life.' I believe. God says
I am saved—I am saved.”
And so, after a long life of fearing, peace was received through simply resting in the word of God. And then God took her to Himself. But had she known it forty years before! Oh! trust God's word now; anchor your soul there—you can never trust it too much. L. T.