Pleasant Plains, ILL., July 16, 1898.
Mrs. Fannie Jenkins: – My Dear Sister. Your very kind letter came to hand duly. Allow me to thank you most sincerely for affording me such pleasure. You and brother Jenkins, together with others in your country, have been on my mind so often. I have lived a good part of my time in the spirit with you all down there, both in your joys and sorrows, and still feel joined in soul to the faithful in Christ, in your community. Your report of the languishing condition of Zion, pains me, but when I remember that it was said of Jesus, “He shall see of the travel of his soul, and shall be satisfied,” then I am satisfied. Christ is undoubtedly satisfied with the condition of things in his kingdom; if not, would he not make the necessary changes required to bring about the satisfactory condition of affairs? Has he not all power, both in heaven and in earth? All things are yours, with the holy word of God, and ye are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.
“What more can he say,
Than to you he hath said,
Ye who unto Jesus,
For refuge have filed?”
“All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” God has ordained that the faith of his people be tried; he has also ordained those very things that are to try it. In the days of Elijah, they digged down the altars and killed the prophets, and so they do now. This discouraged Elijah, and so it discourages us. But is God discouraged at it? Nay, verily. He has reared an altar that none can dig down. This altar is in the heart, an altar of his own raising, and at which he alone presides; an altar which is his own peculiar care, and which wicked hands can never touch. He has also anointed a prophet which none can kill. Jesus, the risen Saviour, is that prophet. He is far above all principality and power, and every name that is named, and he has said, “As I live, ye shall live also.” Elijah was discouraged, but what did God say to him? “I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to Baal. Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.” O yes, the election of grace. It is the election of grace that saves the church, that saves the individual, that raises the despairing, and cheers the desolate. Elijah, although a prophet of God, was ignorant of God’s way of doing things, ignorant of the true condition of things around him. He thought that he was left alone, but he was in the midst of God’s reserve. So, my dear sister, you in your loneliness and deep concern for Zion, may be in the midst of God’s reserve, a hidden number, whom God has reserved to himself. In the days of the apostles there were those who said they were Jews, who were not, but did lie. So it is now, for there is nothing new; that which hath been is now, says the inspired record. May God reconcile us to his will, and subdue us unto himself.
Give my love to brother Jenkins, and say to him that he has a half interest in this poor letter, and a warm place in the writer’s heart. Remember me to all the faithful ones. Tell them I am still a stranger in this world, trying as God gives the ability to proclaim salvation by sovereign grace. Write again to me.
Yours to serve in the gospel of Christ,
H. M. Curry.