Ellet J. Waggoner
WILL tribulation always work patience in those who believe the Lord?—Yes, invariably. “Well,” says one, “I am sure that anybody would be impatient if he had as much to trouble him as I have.” Question—Would Christ become impatient if He had the things to endure that you have? Did He not have as much to endure, and more? You must admit that He did. Was He impatient?—“He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth” (Isa. 53:7). Then if He were in your place, He would be patient. Why, then, do you not let Him be in your place? Faith brings Christ into the heart, so that He is identified with us, and therefore He bears the burdens. “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved” (Ps. 55:22).
The Present Truth 12, 32 (August 6, 1896), p. 498.