Read CHAPTER VIII. “THE LORD HATH NEED OF HIM.” MARK xi, 3. of Broken Bread from an Evangelist's Wallet , free online book, by Thomas Champness, on ReadCentral.com.

What! of an Ass? Yes, “God hath chosen the foolish things of the world.” He gets renown to Himself by “using things which are despised.” Let us never despair of the most foolish of men, if he become the servant of Jesus. It is said of the great John Hunt, that when a young man, he gave no promise of the talents he shewed in the work of the Ministry. We have spoken with one who knew him before his conversion, who made us smile as he described his gait and style of life. Yet this ungainly ploughboy became a man whom to know was to admire. It was in Christ’s hands, though, he improved so greatly.

Does the lord really need an ass? Yes. The Scriptures foretold that Jesus should come “riding upon an ass.” Is it not beautiful to think of the poor despised Ass fulfilling so grand a prophecy? “The knowledge of the Lord shall cover the earth.” We may help that on. Will the young men and women who read this bear in mind that no one ever used this ass till Jesus did? Why should He not be the first to use you? “What!” say you. “Do you compare us to an ass?” Well, if we do, the Bible is before us. “Man be born like a wild ass’s colt.” And, if you have not remembered the claims God has upon you, the poor ass has the best of it, for the Lord says “The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his Master’s crib, but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.” Have you noticed that unconverted men and women are pictured in Exodus xii, where you see a young ass with his neck broken? The Lord needs you that He may redeem you from your fate, and that you may be spared to bear his yoke.

Is not the best way to elevate men, to let the Lord have the use of them? However coarse and mean we are by nature, He can refine and elevate us. And any part of our life that is in danger of baseness may be lifted to beauty and blessing by putting it under the Christ. What a change came over this animal in one short day! An ass in the morning, but the

THRONE OF GOD

before the sun went down!

IN THE WILDERNESS SHALL WATERS BREAK OUT.

Is not that good news for you? After being so long without a revival, would it not be welcome? Welcome you say welcome as water in a desert. Yes, and that is just what is promised. A revival in the most unlikely place in the circuit, where even the raciest of preachers seems to be dull, and where there is a monotony which would shame a prison. Yes, there, right there, look out for the water, not stagnant, but water that “breaks out.” “Then shall the lame man leap as the hart” that finds the stream it needs, and the “dumb shall sing,” for this living water shall quench his thirst, and loosen his dried-up tongue. When shall it be? Young local preacher, why not when thou preachest the next time? Look for it to the throne of God and the Lamb. Rev. xxii., 1.