The LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul—Deut. 13: 3.
The Kingdom is intended only for those who by God's grace shall at heart become like to the Lord Jesus, in that they will love the Lord with all their hearts, with all their souls, and be able to say, "Not my will, but thy will, O Lord, be done." No other condition than this of full submission to the Lord can make us acceptable for the Kingdom; for no other condition represents full self-submission and full love to God. And let us not forget that all the heavenly things which "eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man," God has reserved for them that love Him supremely.
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God seeks a tested people, proven loyal in every point of character. For this reason He arranges the various providences in the lives of His people, so that they may demonstrate amid these providences their hearts' attitude, whether it be one of devotion to Him, to self, or to the world; and blessed is the Christian who demonstrates devotion to God!
Parallel passages: Gen. 22: 1-14; Deut. 8: 2, 5; 2Chron. 32: 31; Job 1: 8-22; 2: 3-10; Psa. 66: 10-13; Dan. 12: 10; Zech. 13: 9; Mal. 3: 2, 3; 2Thes. 1: 4, 5; Heb. 12: 5-11; Jas. 1: 2, 3, 12; 1Pet. 1: 6, 7; 4: 12-19; Rev. 2: 10.
Questions: Have I had trials this week? What were they? How were they met? In what did they result?
LET IT REST
I LONGED for something—O so much:
So near it came, I almost touched
My heart's desire—when far away
'Twas drawn. Then seemed a voice to say:
"There, let it rest—God knoweth best."
Like children crying for the moon
I pleaded for this priceless boon;
I wanted it within my hand—
How could I then in patience stand
And let it rest? Doth God know best?
Then He who calmed the stormy sea
Came near to soothe and quiet me;
And to my longing, restless will
He gently whispered, "Peace, be still."
I let it rest—God doth know best.
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