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The Testings of Life


“God, through His providence, so arranges human affairs that everything in life is a test of character.  If one is rich, his wealth will try his humility.  If one is poor, he will soon show whether he is contented. If a bribe is held out, it will evince how far covetousness prevails. If one is put into office (like Judas), he himself may soon see whether his integrity is unspotted. If God leads the Israelites forty years through the wilderness, it is to humble them and to prove them (Deut. 8:2). If He feeds them with  manna, it is for the same purpose (Deut. 8:16). If ambassadors are sent to Hezekiah, it is ‘to try him, that he might know all that was in his heart’ (II Chron. 32:31)”


 -- William Plumer (1802-1880)