Re. Henry Van Dyke, D.D., of Princeton University, preached in Appleton Chapel yesterday evening on the text "He that believeth shad not make haste."
This was quiet world spoken in a noisy time, said Dr. Van Dyke, for Egypt and Assyria were striving for supremacy and Israel was tossed between the opposing factions. There was also religious unrest, and men were tossed back and forth like shuttle cocks between superstition and atheism. In the midst of this confusion, the prophet, Isaiah, tells the people not to worry about political and social troubles, but to have faith and confidence in God. This faith lifts men up from the tumult and confusion of the world about them.
There is need of this gospel of peace and quiet in this age of haste where there are so many changes and disturbances. At the present time, we are giving ourselves up too much to haste and excitement. The battle of life is to be won by steadiness are quiet work. Belief in Christ will save us from the made race for riches and worldly pleasures in which so many lives are lost. It will also deliver us from the crazy desires for worldliness, the craving to be up with the crowd. We must remember it is much better to be left behind with Christ than to keep up with the mob.
Faith in Him is tranquilizing in our religious life. It is not soothing like a narcotic, but nourishing and stimulating. If we believe in Him, we will not worry about the mysteries of future life, but leave all to Him. He will reveal these mysteries at some future time. It we are bewildered by the abundance of strife and sin in the world, let us recollect that the kingdom of which Christ is the foundation can not be swept away by the tempests of falsehood and disbelief. The day is coming when strife and sin shall be no more, and the perfect light of love shall prevail over the world.