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JULY 22

 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart, and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all—

Psa. 34:18,19.

A just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again—Prov. 24:16.

 

  If at any time we find we have taken a wrong course which is irretrievable, we may expect it to bring the disappointments, as the Lord has foretold; but He may permit it to bring, as well, some blessings in the way of contrition of heart, and humility toward the Lord, and greater zeal, watchfulness and faithfulness for the future. Thus even some of the blunders of life may become stepping-stones to higher planes of grace and truth.

 

Parallel passages: Deut. 4:29-31; Job 22:29; Psa. 51:17; 95:7,8; 147:3; Prov. 1:23; 28:13, 14; Isa. 57:15; 61:1-3; Hos. 14:1, 2; Jonah 2:4-9; Mic. 7:19; Luke 18:10-14; John 6:37; 15:7, 17-24; Jas. 4:8; l.John 1:9.