Streams in The Desert

2 Chronicles 6:26–27

There is a limit to our affliction. God sends it and then removes it. Do you complain, saying, “When will this end?” … Our Father takes away the rod when his purpose in using it is fully accomplished.

If the affliction is sent to test us so that our words would glorify God, it will only end once he has caused us to testify to his praise and honor. In fact, we would not want the difficulty to depart until God has removed from us all the honor we can yield to him.

Today things may become “completely calm” (Matthew 8:26). Who knows how soon these raging waves will give way to a sea of glass with seagulls sitting on the gentle swells?

… It is not difficult for the Lord to turn night into day. He who sends the clouds can just as easily clear the skies. Let us be encouraged—things are better down the road. Let us sing God’s praises in anticipation of things to come.

~ Charles H. Spurgeon ~

… Trials do serve their purpose. Even the fact that we face a trial proves there is something very precious to our Lord in us, or else he would not spend so much time and energy on us. Christ would not test us if he did not see the precious metal of faith mingled with the rocky core of our nature, and it is to refine us into purity and beauty that he forces us through the fiery ordeal.

Be patient, O sufferer! The result of the refiner’s fire will more than compensate for our trials, once we see the “eternal glory that far outweighs them all” (2 Corinthians 4:17). Just to hear his commendation, “Well done” (Matthew 25:21); to be honored before the holy angels; to be glorified in Christ, so that I may reflect his glory back to him—ah! that will be more than enough reward for all my trials.

[from Tried by Fire]

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