You Stand the Test?
Thou shalt remember
all the way which the Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the
wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in
thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no. Deut.
God will prove His people. . . . If the message [the 1844 proclamation]
had been of as short duration as many of us supposed, there would
have been no time for them to develop character. Many moved from feeling,
not from principle and faith, and this solemn, fearful message stirred
them. It wrought upon their feelings, and excited their fears, but
did not accomplish the work which God designed that it should. . .
God leads His people on,
step by step. He brings them up to different points calculated to
manifest what is in the heart. Some endure at one point, but fall
off at the next. At every advanced point the heart is tested and tried
a little closer. If the professed people of God find their hearts
opposed to this straight work, it should convince them that they have
a work to do to overcome. . .
Some are willing to receive
one point; but when God brings them to another testing point, they
shrink from it and stand back, because they find that it strikes directly
at some cherished idol. Here they have opportunity to see what is
in their hearts that shuts out Jesus. They prize something higher
than the truth, and their hearts are not prepared to receive Jesus.
Individuals are tested and proved a length of time to see if they
will sacrifice their idols. . . . Those who come up to every point,
and stand every test, and overcome, be the price what it may, have
heeded the counsel of the True Witness, and they will receive the
latter rain, and thus be fitted for translation.
God proves His people in
this world. . . . Here, in this world, in these last days, persons
will show what power affects their hearts and controls their actions.
If it is the power of divine truth, it will lead to good works. It
will elevate the receiver, and make him noble hearted and generous,
like his divine Lord. . . . Young and old, God is now testing you.
You are deciding your own eternal destiny.
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