Christ's Object Lessons
by Ellen G. White
Chapter 14: "Shall Not God Avenge His Own?"
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"Judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth
afar off; for truth is fallen in the street, and equity
cannot enter. Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth [p. 171] from evil maketh himself a prey." Isa. 59:14, 15. This was
fulfilled in the life of Christ on earth. He was loyal to
God's commandments, setting aside the human traditions
and requirements which had been exalted in their place.
Because of this He was hated and persecuted. This
history is repeated. The laws and traditions of men are
exalted above the law of God, and those who are true to
God's commandments suffer reproach and persecution.
Christ, because of His faithfulness to God, was accused as
a Sabbathbreaker and blasphemer. He was declared to be
possessed of a devil, and was denounced as Beelzebub. In
like manner His followers are accused and misrepresented.
Thus Satan hopes to lead them to sin, and cast dishonor
The character of the judge in the parable, who feared
not God nor regarded man, was presented by Christ to
show the kind of judgment that was then being executed,
and that would soon be witnessed at His trial. He desires
His people in all time to realize how little dependence can
be placed on earthly rulers or judges in the day of adversity.
Often the elect people of God have to stand before
men in official positions who do not make the word of God
their guide and counselor, but who follow their own
unconsecrated, undisciplined impulses.
In the parable of the unjust judge, Christ has shown
what we should do. "Shall not God avenge His own elect,
which cry day and night unto Him?" Christ, our example,
did nothing to vindicate or deliver Himself. He committed
His case to God. So His followers are not to accuse or
condemn, or to resort to force in order to deliver
When trials arise that seem unexplainable, we should
not allow our peace to be spoiled. However unjustly we
may be treated, let not passion arise. By indulging a spirit [p. 172] of retaliation we injure ourselves. We destroy our own
confidence in God, and grieve the Holy Spirit. There is
by our side a witness, a heavenly messenger, who will lift
up for us a standard against the enemy. He will shut
us in with the bright beams of the Sun of Righteousness.
Beyond this Satan cannot penetrate. He cannot pass this
shield of holy light.
While the world is progressing in wickedness, none of
us need flatter ourselves that we shall have no difficulties.
But it is these very difficulties that bring us into the
audience chamber of the Most High. We may seek counsel
of One who is infinite in wisdom.
The Lord says, "Call upon Me in the day of trouble."
Ps. 50:15. He invites us to present to Him our perplexities
and necessities, and our need of divine help. He bids us be
instant in prayer. As soon as difficulties arise, we are to
offer to Him our sincere, earnest petitions. By our importunate
prayers we give evidence of our strong confidence
in God. The sense of our need leads us to pray earnestly,
and our heavenly Father is moved by our supplications.
Often those who suffer reproach or persecution for their
faith are tempted to think themselves forsaken by God. In
the eyes of men they are in the minority. To all appearance
their enemies triumph over them. But let them not violate
their conscience. He who has suffered in their behalf, and
has borne their sorrows and afflictions, has not forsaken
The children of God are not left alone and defenseless.
Prayer moves the arm of Omnipotence. Prayer has
"subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises,
stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire"
—we shall know what it means when we hear the reports
of the martyrs who died for their faith—"turneth to flight
the armies of the aliens." Heb. 11:33, 34. [p. 173]
If we surrender our lives to His service, we can never
be placed in a position for which God has not made
provision. Whatever may be our situation, we have a Guide
to direct our way; whatever our perplexities, we have a
sure Counselor; whatever our sorrow, bereavement, or
loneliness, we have a sympathizing Friend. If in our
ignorance we make missteps, Christ does not leave us. His
voice, clear and distinct, is heard saying,"I am the Way,
the Truth, and the Life." John 14:6. "He shall deliver the
needy when he crieth; the poor also, and him that hath no
helper." Ps. 72:12.
The Lord declares that He will be honored by those who
draw nigh to Him, who faithfully do His service. "Thou [p. 174] wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on
Thee, because he trusteth in Thee." Isa. 26:3. The arm of
Omnipotence is outstretched to lead us onward and still
onward. Go forward, the Lord says; I will send you help.
It is for My name's glory that you ask, and you shall
receive. I will be honored before those who are watching
for your failure. They shall see My word triumph
gloriously. "All things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer,
believing, ye shall receive." Matt. 21:22.
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