The Pentecostal movement did not suddenly appear at
the outset of the 20th century. Rather, it was forged in the crucible of
history, emerging from a complex interaction of theologies and personalities in
the Holiness and evangelical movements. Hannah Whitall Smith (1832-1911), one
of the most prominent American Holiness authors, was revered in Pentecostal
The March 4, 1922, issue of the Pentecostal Evangel published the following devotional meditation by Smith:
The Saint's Wings
Is there no way of escape for us when in trouble or distress? Must we just plod wearily through it all, and look for no relief? I rejoice to answer that there is a glorious way of escape for every one of us, if we will but mount up on wings, and fly away from it all to God. All creatures that have wings can escape from every snare that is set for them, if only they will fly high enough; and the soul that uses its wings can always find a sure "way to escape" from all that can hurt or trouble it. What then are these wings? Their secret is contained in the words, "They that wait upon the Lord." The soul that waits upon the Lord is the soul that is entirely surrendered to Him, and that trusts Him perfectly. Therefore we might name our wings the wings of Surrender and of Trust. If we will only surrender ourselves utterly to the Lord, and will trust Him perfectly, we shall find our souls "mounting up with wings as eagles" to the "heavenly places" in Christ Jesus where earthly annoyances or sorrows have no power to disturb us.
Read the meditation by Smith on page 3 of the March 4, 1922, issue of the Pentecostal Evangel.
Also featured in this issue:
* "Rest and Refreshing," by L. M. MacKinlay
* "The Cross," by R. E. McAlister
* "Birth Throes," by Christine K. Peirce
And many more!
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