When my children were growing up and there was need to give them correction, I often said after I explained the problem, “Now you can learn this the easy way or the hard way it doesn’t make a lot of difference to me.” Isn’t that the way it is with the Lord when He finds need to correct us? There seems to be only one reason that the Lord allows or sends affliction our way; to cause us to acknowledge Him, to believe, trust and obey. The sooner we submit the sooner the affliction disappears. I have known people who learn quickly and some that have “kicked against the pricks” for years and years. May we all learn quickly and shortcut the afflicting process!

“There is a limit to affliction. God sends it, and removes it. Do you sigh and say, “When will the end be?” Let us quietly wait and patiently endure the will of the Lord till He cometh. Our Father takes away the rod when His design in using it is fully served. If the afflicting is sent for testing us, that our graces may glorify God, it will end when the Lord has made us bear witness to His praise.

We would not wish the affliction to depart until god has gotten out of us all the honor which we can possible yield Him. There may be today “a great calm.” Who knows how soon those raging billows will give place to a sea of glass, and the sea birds sit on the gentle waves?

After long tribulation, the flail is hung up, and the wheat rests in the garner. We may, before many hours are past, be just as happy as now we are sorrowful.

It is not hard for the Lord to turn night into day. He that sends the clouds can as easily clear the skies. Let us be of good cheer it is better farther on. Let us sing Hallelujah by anticipation.” C. H. Spurgeon

I have a friend in whom I trust, Tho’ great my load may be;
Foes may assail me if they must, My Savior cares for me.
O yes He cares for me, I know He cares for me;
In every prayer I find Him there, My Savior cares for me.

Sometimes my strength seems almost gone, No light ahead I see.
But God is watching from His throne, I know He cares for me.

Posted on October 10th, 2013