Trials Become A Place of Spiritual Refreshment

“He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters” — Psalm 23:2

A young Christian who had been for many weeks in a hospital, undergoing a painful operation and then slowly recovering, wrote me in the days of her convalescence, “I have found my little white bed here in the hospital a bit of God’s green pasture.” Not only had it proved a place of rest and peace to her, but also a place of spiritual refreshment.

The hard things are not meant to mar our life–they are meant to make it all the braver, the worthier, the nobler. Adversities and misfortunes are meant to sweeten our spirits, not to make them sour and bitter.

“Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word.” Psalm 119:67

“It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes.” Psalm 119:71

“I know, O LORD, that Your judgments are righteous, and that in faithfulness You have afflicted me.” Psalm 119:75

— J. R. Miller

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