Mark of Divine Approval
Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life,
which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. (James 1:12)
Yes, he is blessed while he is enduring the trial. No eye can see this till he has been anointed with
heavenly eye salve. But he must endure it and neither rebel against God nor turn aside from his
integrity. He is blessed who has gone through the fire and has not been consumed as a counterfeit.
When the test is over, then comes the hallmark of divine approval—”the crown of life.” As if the Lord
said, “Let him live; he has been weighed in the balances, and he is not found wanting.” Life is the
reward: not mere being, but holy, happy, true existence, the realization of the divine purpose
concerning us. Already a higher form of spiritual life and enjoyment crowns those who have safely
passed through the fiercest trials of faith and love.
The Lord hath promised the crown of life to those who love Him. Only lovers of the Lord will hold out
in the hour of trial; the rest will either sink or sulk or slink back to the world. Come, my heart, dost
thou love thy Lord? Truly? Deeply? Wholly? Then that love will be tried; but many waters will not
quench it, neither will the floods drown it, Lord, let Thy love nourish mine to the end.
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