March 9, 2023
And you shall remember that the LORD your God led you all the way these
forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what
was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.
When you look back upon the way the Lord has led you these many years in the wilderness, can you not see how circumstance after circumstance, and event after event arose, to prove what was in you; whether godly fear, whether simplicity and sincerity, whether a desire to fear God, whether a dread to offend Him, whether the life and power of vital godliness, or whether little else than an empty profession without the life-giving power of God in the soul? What a mercy for you to be able to look back and see how the Lord appeared for you, when without Him you must have sunk; when you can feel, to your soul’s comfort, that the Lord did uphold you in the trying hour, did appear for you in distressing circumstances, did make bare His right arm when you had no strength of your own, did guide you when you had lost all clue, did bring you safe through all when, without His help, you must have been utterly lost. What a mercy it is to be able, by the actions of living faith (and sure I am, there must be faith in exercise), to look back upon the way, and believe that indeed the grace of God was in your heart, that the Lord proved it, and shewed it to be genuine by every circumstance that has taken place.
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