lives touched and moments shared along the way"We learn some important lesson in life, only through pain & failure. Pain is there to correct us, when responded right. A crisis will remove everything in your life that is not founded by God; it does not come to destroy but to correct and purify. Every great man and woman of God began with a crisis. It pulls the creativity out of you. You cannot stop it, just like you cannot stop a hurricane, but you can control your perception of it. Embrace it! The only proof that you are a born again and Sprit leads Christian is how you respond to a crisis. God is far more interested in refine character than our comfort.
God knows our frame, and of what we are made. His pity exceeds that of the tenderness parent. And though He causes grief--He will have compassion. Our afflictions, which at present are not joyous but grievous, shall, when they have duly exercised in us--yield the peaceable fruits of righteousness. I trust the Lord gives us a measure of patience and submission to His holy will. If so, everything shall be well--and when He has fully tried us--we shall come forth as gold!
Are you faced with discouragement? Remember, Even though you walk through the most depressing situations, your Lord will not let you go down to the depth. He will lift you up and hold you in His hands. He knows what physical, emotional and spiritual support you need during these trying times and will supply all needs in the right measure. He will enable you to hold on to His promises. When the enemy pulls your legs, the Lord will place your feet on solid grounds. When your friends forsake us, the Lord will come to give you company. He went visiting Elijah, Peter, Paul and John in their seemingly hopeless situations and lifted up their dismayed spirits. He illuminated their hearts with hope. The Lord knows what you are going through today and will give you the right support at the right time in the right measure.
The Lord knows what is best for us! When there is a special need for us being in the furnace--He knows how to support us; and at what season, and in what manner, deliverance will best comport with His glory and our good. These are the two great ends, which He has in view, and which are inseparably connected together. The thoughts of what we have deserved at His hands--and what Jesus suffered for our sakes--when applied by his Holy Spirit, have a sovereign efficacy to compose our minds, and enable us to say, "Not my will--but may Yours be done!" How unspeakably better is it to be chastened by the Lord now--than to be left to ourselves for a season, and at last condemned with the world. And our present grief’s are so entirely absorbed in Him, that, softened by His love, soothed by His sympathy, supported by His grace--the trial is welcome, the affliction is sweet, and the rod of a Father's chastening, buds and blossoms into delectable fruit.
God's purpose is "perfect". In it, there is . . . no spot, no stain, no weakness, no error, and no instability. It is and indeed must necessarily be as perfect as God Himself; for it originate from Him who is all perfection; and is a discovery of His mind and character. But when God's Purpose Sets itself against our flesh, thwarts our dearest hopes, overturns our fondest schemes, we cannot see that it is a perfect will. But rather, are much disposed to fret, murmur, and rebel against it.
We are in the hands of Him who does all things well, and conducts His most afflictive dispensations to those who fear Him, with wisdom and mercy! And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His Purpose.” …(Rom 8; 28)
Look back and see how God's Purpose has, in previous instances, reigned supreme in all points, for your good. It has ordered or overruled all circumstances and all events, amid a complication of difficulties in providence and grace. Nothing has happened to your injury; but all things have worked together for your good.
Whatever we have lost, it was better for us that it was taken away. Whatever Property, or comfort, or friends, or health, or earthly happiness we have been deprived of, it was better for us to lose, than to retain them. Was your dear child taken away? It might be to teach you resignation to God's sacred will. Has a dear partner been snatched from your embrace? It was that God might be your better
Partner and undying Friend. Was any portion of your worldly substance taken away? It was that you might be taught to live a life of faith in the providence of God. Have your fondest schemes been marred; your youthful hopes blighted; and you pierced in the warmest affections of your heart? It was . . . to remove an idol, to dethrone a rival to Christ, to crucify the object of earthly love, so that a purer, holier, and more enduring affection might be enshrined in its stead.
To tenderly embrace God's perfect will is the grand object of all gospel discipline.
If, after much tribulation, we stand accepted before the Lord in His glory, we shall not then think much of the difficulties we met with in our pathway to glory. Then sorrow and sighing shall cease forever--and songs of triumph and everlasting joy shall take their place! Oh, happy transporting moment, when the Lord God Himself shall wipe every tear from our eyes!
Until then, may the prospect of this glory which shall be revealed, cheer and comfort our hearts! Thus far the Lord has helped us. He has delivered us in six troubles--and we may trust Him in the seventh.
Whatever storms may arise, we have an infallible and almighty Pilot, who will be a Sun and a Shield to those who love Him!
As long as we live, new trials will be needful. It is not that the Lord delights in grieving us and putting us to pain; on the contrary, He rejoices in the prosperity of His servants. No, it is not for His pleasure--but for our profit, that we may be made partakers of His holiness!
Perhaps you may have observed a bird, in a hedge, or upon the boughs of a tree; if you disturb it--it will move a little higher--and thus you may make it change its place three or four times. But if it finds, after a few trials, that you continue to follow it--it takes wing at last, and flies away!
Thus it is with us! When the Lord drives us from one creature-rest, we immediately perch upon another! But He will not allow us to stay long upon any. At length, like the bird, we are sensible that we can have no safety, no stable peace below! Then our hearts take flight and soar heavenwards, and we are taught by His grace to place our treasure and affections out of the reach of earthly vanities. So far as this end is accomplished, we have reason to be thankful and say, happy -rod--that brought me nearer to my God! The seed of sorrow on earth--shall reap a golden crop of joy in heaven! The apostle tells us, "Our light affliction, which is for a moment--works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory!" A grain of affliction--works a weight of glory! A short moment of pain--works an eternity of pleasures! Therefore saints, be of good cheer! Here is comfort for you--your best days are yet to come!