Deu 8:2 And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.
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 actings 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
~J. C. Philpot~