THE TRIALS OF A BELIEVER
“It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn Thy statutes” [Psalm 119:71]
God’s ways and God’s Word are best learned by experience and in time of trouble. When our Lord is pleased to lay His hand heavily upon us, we do not soon forget the lessons learned. When the Lord singles out a believer or a church for special affliction and adversity, it is not for punishment, nor lack of love for them; it is for eternal blessings and because He does love them.
“Whom the Lord loveth” He chastens, corrects and teaches! When Job sat before his friends, who were afflicted? THE ONE GOD LOVED! When Paul stood before King Agrippa, who wore the chains? THE ONE GOD LOVED! Humanly speaking, which path of life would you prefer to live on earth, that of Esau or Jacob? Esau had the life of prosperity and ease; Jacob’s life was full of trouble and conflict, BUT GOD LOVED JACOB!
Thank God He has loved us in Christ and is pleased to teach us His ways by dealing with us in such a way that we are weaned from the world and find our life, comfort and hope only in Him. A person who measures his blessings and relationship with God by his prosperity, health, happiness and worldly comforts makes a fatal mistake. “If ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards and not sons” (Hebrews 12:8). Paul said, “Most gladly therefore will I glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).
He who sends the trial for His glory and my good will supply sufficient grace. Those who know the Redeemer also know that when we are weak, we are strong; when we are poor, we are rich; when we are empty, we are full; when we die, we live!