Fear of Exaltation

December 1844

One reason Ellen shrank from the trying ordeal was that she recalled the experience of some who had become proud after being entrusted by God with large responsibilities. In vision she discussed this with the angel." If I must go and relate what thou hast shown me," she pleaded, "preserve me from undue exaltation." Replied the angel:

"Your prayers are heard and shall be answered. If this evil that you dread threatens you, the hand of God will be stretched out to save you; by affliction He will draw you to Himself and preserve your humility.

"Deliver the message faithfully. Endure unto the end and you shall eat the fruit of the tree of life and drink of the water of life" (1LS, p. 196).

With this assurance Ellen committed herself to the Lord, ready to do His bidding, whatever that might be or whatever the cost.

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