Job 10:2 I will say unto God, Do not condemn me; shew me wherefore thou contendest with me.
O tried soul, the LORD is doing this to develop thy graces.
some of thy graces which would never have been discovered if it were not
for the trials.
Dost thou not know that thy faith never looks so grand
in summer weather as it does in winter?
Love is too oft like a glowworm,
showing but little light except it be in the midst of surrounding
Hope itself is like a star - not to be seen in the sunshine of
prosperity, and only to be discovered in the night of adversity.
Afflictions are often the black folds in which GOD doth set the jewels
of His children's graces, to make them shine the better.
was but a little while ago that, on thy knees, thou wast saying, LORD,
I fear I have no faith: let me know that I have faith.
not this really, though perhaps unconsciously, praying for trials?
how canst thou know that thou hast faith until thy faith is exercised?
Depend upon it.
GOD often sends us trials that our graces may be
discovered, and that we may be certified of their existence.
is not merely discovery; real growth in grace is the result of
GOD trains His soldiers, not in
tents of ease and luxury, but by turning them out and using them to
forced marches and hard service.
He makes them ford through streams, and
swim through rivers and climb mountains, and walk many a weary mile
with heavy knapsacks on their backs.
Well, Christian, may not this
account for the troubles through which you are passing?
Is not this the
reason why He is contending with you?
~C. H. Spurgeon~
To be left unmolested by Satan is no evidence of blessing.