And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
– 1 Peter 5:10
Some of the greatest works of art have been painted during the darkest trials of the artist. Many of our most beloved hymns, such as, “It Is Well with My Soul,” were composed while the writer was passing through a season of intense testing. Today’s text relates suffering to our spiritual growth. Thomas Brooks penned some timeless words of encouragement on this subject.
God afflicts us for our profit, that we might be partakers of His holiness. Afflictions are the mother of virtue. God’s house of correction is His school of instruction. All the stones that came about Stephen’s ears did but knock him closer to Christ, the Corner-stone. The waves did but lift Noah’s ark nearer to heaven. Afflictions lift the soul to more full enjoyments of God. “Behold, I will lead her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her” (Hose 2:14)
When was it that Stephen saw the heavens open, and Christ standing at the right hand of God, but when the stones were about his ears, and there was but a short step between him and eternity? And when did God appear in glory to Jacob, but in the day of his troubles, when the stones were his pillows, and the ground his bed, and hedges his curtains, and the heavens his canopy? Then he saw the angels of God ascending and descending in their glittering robes.
Dear saint of God, don’t despise afflictions – they are lifting your soul to God.
from: Daily Awakening by Stephen Hill, October 15
In dramas, characters would always ask God what they did to deserve things that were happening to him/her. I would always tell that they shouldn’t and they have not a single right to do that. Well, that’s still right and I have no plans of saying that back. But after reading this, I’ve added something into that. Things were happening for a reason. And that includes our downs and pains. He puts us down so that we could see how great He is. When we see it, then we would realize that He is the amazing, great, the best. Then we would see that we could only depend on Him to help us through those problems because it’s only Him that could really help us, no other else.