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2 Corinthians 12:9
By the pen of Charles Spurgeon:
If we who are God’s saints never experienced poverty or other trials, we would not have nearly the understanding of the comforts of His divine grace. When we come across a person who is homeless, who has nowhere to lay his head, yet who says, “I will still trust in the Lord”; when we see someone in abject poverty, who exists on nothing but bread and water but still glories in Jesus; when we see a bereaved widow overwhelmed with difficulties but whose faith in Christ remains strong; what great honor it reflects on the gospel!
God’s grace is demonstrated and strengthened through poverty and other trials experienced by believers. True saints endure every burden of discouragement, believing “that in all things God works for the good of those who love him” (Rom. 8:28). They have faith that out of what may appear to be evil circumstances, a real blessing will ultimately arise. And they have the assurance their Lord will either deliver them quickly or He will sustain them through the trial for as long He desires to test them.
This kind of patience and perseverance proves the power of divine grace. It is like seeing a lighthouse that has been built far out in the sea. On a calm night I cannot tell if the lighthouse can withstand pounding waves, but once a storm begins to rage around it I will know if the structure will continue to stand. And so it is with the Spirit’s work; if it were not for the many times of experiencing the storms of life I would never know for sure if His work was true and strong. If powerful winds never blew upon it, I would not know how firm and secure is the Spirit’s work. The most masterful works of God are those people who remain steadfast and unmovable even in the midst of severe difficulties.
Calm amid bewildering cries,
Confident of victory.
A person who truly desires to glorify God must come to terms with the fact he will face many trials. No one can distinguish himself before the Lord unless he endures many conflicts. So if your journey through life follows a much-tested path, rejoice because your life will better exhibit the all-sufficient grace of God.
As to the idea the Lord may fail you — never even dream of it! Hate the thought. God who has been sufficient to this point should be trusted to the end.
By the pen of Jim Reimann:
Job is the greatest example of someone who severely suffered but who refused to “curse God and die,” as his wife suggested (Job 2:9). He experienced great pain and loss, and although he expressed his desire “to argue [his] case with God” (Job 13:3), he maintained his trust, for he said, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him” (Job 13:15 KJV).
As Spurgeon says, suffering like this reflects great honor on the gospel. Yet it also performs a miracle in the person’s life, for in the end Job said, “Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know. . . . My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you” (Job 42:3, 5).
Morning by Morning: The Devotions of Charles Spurgeon
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