the Time of Trouble
is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Ps. 46:1.
Though God's people will be surrounded by enemies who are bent upon their
destruction, yet the anguish which they suffer is not a dread of persecution
for the truth's sake; they fear that every sin has not been repented of, and
that through some fault in themselves they will fail to realize the fulfillment
of the Savior’s promise: I "will keep thee from the hour of temptation,
which shall come upon all the world." Revelation 3:10. If they could
have the assurance of pardon they would not shrink from torture or death;
but should they prove unworthy, and lose their lives because of their own
defects of character, then God's holy name would be reproached.
hand they hear the plottings of treason and see the active working of rebellion;
and there is aroused within them an intense desire, an earnest yearning of
soul, that this great apostasy may be terminated and the wickedness of the
wicked may come to an end. But while they plead with God to stay the work
of rebellion, it is with a keen sense of self-reproach that they themselves
have no more power to resist and urge back the mighty tide of evil. They feel
that had they always employed all their ability in the service of Christ,
going forward from strength to strength, Satan's forces would have less power
to prevail against them.
their souls before God, pointing to their past repentance of their many sins,
and pleading the Savior’s promise: "Let him take hold of my strength,
that he may make peace with me; and he shall make peace with me." Isaiah
27:5. Their faith does not fail because their prayers are not immediately
answered. Though suffering the keenest anxiety, terror, and distress, they
do not cease their intercessions. They lay hold of the strength of God as
Jacob laid hold of the Angel; and the language of their souls is: "I
will not let thee go, except thou bless me."
of trouble is the crucible that is to bring out Christlike characters. It
is designed to lead the people of God to renounce Satan and his temptations.
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