The Letters of Ruth Bryan, 1805-1860

The simplicity of faith

To E. M., Thursday, 1854.

My very dear,
I trust you will not forget the "near way to the City" of which Mr. Só told us. "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved." I have been thinking much lately how the apostles gave this direction to every inquiring soul; but are we not often like Eccles. 10:15: "The labor of the foolish wearies every one of them, because he knows not how to go to the city." Then how sweetly come in the words of our dear Lord, "Come unto me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."

If we toil for twenty years, we must come to this at last: "believe and be saved." May the Holy Spirit bring you there and keep you there, "that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may believe on the name of the Son of God." May He take away the dominion of that giant sin, UNBELIEF, though its life is to be prolonged for a season. Goliath, the uncircumcised Philistine, came forth only to be cut down; may it be so in your soul with the unbelief which seems increasingly to trouble you. The Lord give you faith to put this foe into His hands.

Your very affectionately,