“Does Job fear God for naught?” – Job 1:9

This was the wicked question of Satan concerning Job, that upright man of old, but there are many in the present day concerning whom the question might be asked with justice, for they love God in some way because He prospers them. But if things were to go bad for them, they would give up all their boasted faith in God. If they can clearly see that since the time of their supposed conversion, the world has gone prosperously with them, then they will love God in their poor carnal way. But if they experience adversity, they rebel against the Lord. Their love is the love of the table and not of the host, a love of the cupboard and not of the master of the house.

As for the true Christian, he expects to have his reward in the next life and to endure hardness in this life. Remember Christ’s words–“Every branch in Me that beareth fruit He purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.” If you bring forth fruit, you will have to endure affliction. But this affliction works such precious results, that the Christian, who is the subject of it, must learn to rejoice in tribulations, because as his tribulations abound, so does his consolation abound through Christ.

Rest assured, if you are a child of God, you will be no stranger to his rod of correction. Sooner or later, every bar of gold must pass through the fire. Fear not, but rather rejoice that such fruitful times are in store for you, for in them you will be weaned from earth and made more ready for heaven; you will be delivered from clinging to this present world and made to long for eternal things which are soon to be revealed. When you feel that, as to your present situation, you are serving God for naught, you will then rejoice in the infinite reward of the future.

— C. H. Spurgeon
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