Who maketh the clouds his chariot" (Ps. 104:3).

     We cannot ride in our own chariots and God's at the same time.  God must burn up with the fire of His love every earthly chariot that stands in the way of our mounting into His.
     Would you mount into God's chariots?  Then take each thing that is wrong in your life as one of God's chariots for you.  Ask Him daily to open your eyes, and you will see His unseen chariots of deliverance.
     But the chariot that carries the soul over this road is generally some chastening,
that for the present doth not seem joyous but grievous.

NEVERTHELESS AFTERWARD!

     No matter what the source of these chastenings, look upon them as God's chariots sent to carry your soul into the high planes of spiritual achievement and uplifting.  You will find, to your glad surprise, that it is God's love that sends the chariots---His chariots in which you may ride properously over all darkness.
     Let us be thankful for every trial that will help to destroy our earthly chariots, and will compel us to take refuge in the chariots of God, which always stand ready and waiting beside us in every trial.
     "My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.  He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defense; I shall not be moved."
     We have to be brought to the place where all other refuges fail, before we can say HE ONLY.  We say, He and my experience; He and my church relationships; He and my Christian work.  All that comes after the "and" must be taken away from us, or must be proved useless, before we can come to the He only.  Only then we mount into God chariots.
     If we want to ride with God upon the heavens, all earth riding must be brought to an end.

(By Hannah Whitall Smith)

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