Eye is Upon His People
not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he
bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Luke 18:7,
In the time of trouble, if the people of God had unconfessed sins to appear
before them while tortured with fear and anguish, they would be overwhelmed;
despair would cut off their faith, and they could not have confidence to plead
with God for deliverance. But while they have a deep sense of their unworthiness,
they have no concealed wrongs to reveal. Their sins have gone beforehand to
judgment and have been blotted out, and they cannot bring them to remembrance.
. . .
Christians who come up to that last fearful conflict unprepared will, in their
despair, confess their sins in words of burning anguish, while the wicked
exult over their distress. . . .
history is also an assurance that God will not cast off those who have been
deceived and tempted and betrayed into sin, but who have returned unto Him
with true repentance. While Satan seeks to destroy this class, God will send
His angels to comfort and protect them in the time of peril. The assaults
of Satan are fierce and determined, his delusions are terrible; but the Lord's
eye is upon His people, and His ear listens to their cries. Their affliction
is great, the flames of the furnace seem about to consume them; but the Refiner
will bring them forth as gold tried in the fire. God's love for His children
during the period of their severest trial is as strong and tender as in the
days of their sunniest prosperity; but it is needful for them to be placed
in the furnace of fire; their earthliness must be consumed, that the image
of Christ may be perfectly reflected.
of distress and anguish before us will require a faith that can endure weariness,
delay, and hunger--a faith that will not faint though severely tried. The
period of probation is granted to all to prepare for that time. . . . All
who will lay hold of God's promises, as he [Jacob] did, and be as earnest
and persevering as he was, will succeed as he succeeded.
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