Grateful for Trials

Two devotional items came together for me this morning. Whenever that happens, it’s time to pay attention. The first was Charles Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening through It’s about being grateful for trials. Here’s the opening paragraph to give you a taste:

If none of God’s saints were poor and tried, we should not know half so well the consolations of divine grace. When we find the wanderer who has nowhere to lay his head who still can say, “I will trust in the Lord,” or when we see the pauper starving on bread and water who still glories in Jesus, when we see the bereaved widow overwhelmed in affliction and yet having faith in Christ—oh, what honor it reflects on the Gospel.

Charles Spurgeon

The second came from our home church bible plan, Romans 8. You may see where I’m going with this.

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord
Romans 8:37-39

We have nothing to fear with trials. In fact, they are good for us. We can be grateful for trials. Even so, I don’t look forward to them. My point here is not to get you to welcome adversity but rather to recognize the goodness of the Lord. Adversity naturally brings us closer to him. It’s when times are good that we tend to drift. Here’s an older post for more about that. Today, so far, is trial free. That means I need to be proactive in my thoughts so I stay tight with the Lord.

What better way is there to do that than spend time in the bible, meditating on what God is directly telling you, and conversing with him in prayer?

Father, I thank you again today for your mercy. Apart from you I would remain dead in my sin. Instead, I shall spend all of eternity in your presence. I can barely comprehend all this. Thank you. Amen.

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