Thursday, March 08, 2007

Ordination of Tribulation: What? Life's No Bed of Roses?!

"Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God." (Acts 14:22b)

God’s people have their trials. It was never designed by God, when he chose his people, that they should be an untried people. They were chosen in the furnace of affliction; they were never chosen to worldly peace and earthly joy. Freedom from sickness and the pains of mortality was never promised them; but when their Lord drew up the charter of privileges, he included chastisements amongst the things to which they should inevitably be heirs. Trials are a part of our lot; they were predestinated for us in Christ’s last legacy. So surely as the stars are fashioned by his hands, and their orbits fixed by him, so surely are our trials allotted to us: he has ordained their season and their place, their intensity and the effect they shall have upon us. Good men must never expect to escape troubles; if they do, they will be disappointed, for none of their predecessors have been without them. Mark the patience of Job; remember Abraham, for he had his trials, and by his faith under them, he became the “Father of the faithful.” Note well the biographies of all the patriarchs, prophets, apostles, and martyrs, and you shall discover none of those whom God made vessels of mercy, who were not made to pass through the fire of affliction. It is ordained of old that the cross of trouble should be engraved on every vessel of mercy, as the royal mark whereby the King’s vessels of honour are distinguished. But although tribulation is thus the path of God’s children, they have the comfort of knowing that their Master has traversed it before them; they have his presence and sympathy to cheer them, his grace to support them, and his example to teach them how to endure; and when they reach “the kingdom,” it will more than make amends for the “much tribulation” through which they passed to enter it. (Charles H. Spurgeon, Morning & Evening, Morning, Mar. 8)


At 3/10/2007 6:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Thank you for this message. You know, one of the focuses I find difficult to share in the body today is that, we must pick up our own cross and die to ourselves. That when we decided to follow Christ, we decide to be crucified along with him, which requires trials. It requires us to approach a holy God and admit that we are unrighteous before him, we are fallible. We learn to humble ourselves and pursue meekness. We learn that we will suffer and be persecuted and we accept all these things. We are strong when we are week, His grace is sufficient.

But this is so hard for people to really feel comfortable with. In this day of self-esteem, pride and American pragmatism, we are conditioned from our infancy to pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps.

But when we keep our eyes on Him, we learn that He will carry us through the low times in our lives, He will comfort us and strengthen us. Let us never forget how much our savior has suffered for us.



At 3/10/2007 10:50 AM, Blogger Baptist Girl said...

When ever troubles come into my life I remember this (it is posted on my frige)

"In times of trouble say, First: He brought me here ; it is by His will I am in this strait place: In that I will rest.
Next: He will keep me here in His love, and give me grace in this trial to behave as His child. Then: He will make the trial a blessing, teaching me the lessons He intends me to learn, and working in me the grace He means to bestow.
Last: In His good time He can bring me out again - how and when He knows. Say: I am here
(1) by God's appointment
(2) in His keeping
(3) under His training
(4) for His time."
Andrew Murray

He will never leave us.



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