The first step taken in the path of unbelief and rejection of light is a dangerous thing, and the only way for those who have taken this step to recover themselves from the snares of Satan is to accept that which the Lord sent them but which they refused to receive.This will be humiliating to the soul but will be for their salvation.God will not be trifled with.He will not remove all reason to doubt, but He will give sufficient evidence upon which to base faith.
God was at work, but those who had been pursuing a course of their own devising, contrary to God’s word, contrary to His will, in place of yielding their wills and wishes and permitting their hearts to be melted with thankfulness, felt more confirmed and determined to resist.What shall we name this element?It is rebellion, as in the days of Israel, when they stubbornly wanted their own way and would not submit to God’s way and God’s will.
Unbelief is the occasion of all sin and is the bond of iniquity.Its work is to make crooked, things that are straight.Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen.When we become as little children, sitting at the feet of Jesus, learning of Him self-denial and what it is to live by faith in every word of God, then the soul finds rest and peace.
1888 Materials, p. 366,367,369
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