Christ's Object Lessons
by Ellen G. White
Chapter 14: "Shall Not God Avenge His Own?"
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Let all who are afflicted or unjustly used, cry to God.
Turn away from those whose hearts are as steel, and make
your requests known to your Maker. Never is one repulsed
who comes to Him with a contrite heart. Not one sincere
prayer is lost. Amid the anthems of the celestial choir, God
hears the cries of the weakest human being. We pour out
our heart's desire in our closets, we breathe a prayer as we
walk by the way, and our words reach the throne of the
Monarch of the universe. They may be inaudible to any
human ear, but they cannot die away into silence, nor can
they be lost through the activities of business that are
going on. Nothing can drown the soul's desire. It rises
above the din of the street, above the confusion of the
multitude, to the heavenly courts. It is God to whom we
are speaking, and our prayer is heard.
You who feel the most unworthy, fear not to commit
your case to God. When He gave Himself in Christ for
the sin of the world, He undertook the case of every soul.
"He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up
for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us
all things?" Rom. 8:32. Will He not fulfill the gracious
word given for our encouragement and strength?
Christ desires nothing so much as to redeem His heritage
from the dominion of Satan. But before we are
delivered from Satan's power without, we must delivered [p. 175] from his power within. The Lord permits trials in order
that we may be cleansed from earthliness, from selfishness,
from harsh, unchristlike traits of character. He suffers the
deep waters of affliction to go over our souls in order that
we may know Him and Jesus Christ whom He has sent,
in order that we may have deep heart longings to be
cleansed from defilement, and may come forth from the
trial purer, holier, happier. Often we enter the furnace
of trial with our souls darkened with selfishness; but if
patient under the crucial test, we shall come forth reflecting
the divine character. When His purpose in the affliction is
accomplished, "He shall bring forth thy righteousness as
the light, and thy judgment as the noonday." Ps. 37:6.
There is no danger that the Lord will neglect the prayers
of His people. The danger is that in temptation and trial
they will become discouraged, and fail to persevere in
The Saviour manifested divine compassion toward the
Syrophenician woman. His heart was touched as He saw
her grief. He longed to give her an immediate assurance
that her prayer was heard; but He desired to teach His
disciples a lesson, and for a time He seemed to neglect the
cry of her tortured heart. When her faith had been made
manifest, He spoke to her words of commendation and
sent her away with the precious boon she had asked. The
disciples never forgot this lesson, and it is placed on record
to show the result of persevering prayer.
It was Christ Himself who put into that mother's heart
the persistence which would not be repulsed. It was Christ
who gave the pleading widow courage and determination
before the judge. It was Christ who, centuries before, in
the mysterious conflict by the Jabbok, had inspired Jacob
with the same persevering faith. And the confidence which
He Himself had implanted, He did not fail to reward. [p. 176]
He who dwells in the heavenly sanctuary judges righteously.
His pleasure is more in His people, struggling
with temptation in a world of sin, than in the host of angels
that surround His throne.
In this speck of a world the whole heavenly universe
manifests the greatest interest, for Christ has paid an
infinite price for the souls of its inhabitants. The world's
Redeemer has bound earth to heaven by ties of intelligence,
for the redeemed of the Lord are here. Heavenly beings
still visit the earth as in the days when they walked and
talked with Abraham and with Moses. Amid the busy
activity of our great cities, amid the multitudes that crowd
the thoroughfares and fill the marts of trade where from
morning till evening the people act as if business and sport
and pleasure were all there is to life, where there are so few
to contemplate unseen realities—even here heaven has still
its watchers and its holy ones. There are invisible agencies
observing every word and deed of human beings. In every
assembly for business or pleasure, in every gathering for
worship, there are more listeners than can be seen with the
natural sight. Sometimes the heavenly intelligences draw
aside the curtain which hides the unseen world that our
thoughts may be withdrawn from the hurry and rush of
life to consider that there are unseen witnesses to all we
do or say.
We need to understand better than we do the mission
of the angel visitants. It would be well to consider that in
all our work we have the co-operation and care of heavenly
beings. Invisible armies of light and power attend the meek
and lowly ones who believe and claim the promises of God.
Cherubim and seraphim and angels that excel in strength—
ten thousand times ten thousand and thousands of thousands—stand
at His right hand, "all ministering spirits,
sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation."
Heb. 1:14. [p. 177]
By these angel messengers a faithful record is kept of
the words and deeds of the children of men. Every act
of cruelty or injustice toward God's people, all they are
caused to suffer through the power of evil workers, is
registered in heaven.
"Shall 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."
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