“Remember, O Lord, in David’s favor, all the hardships he endured.” – Psalm 132:1
God sweetens outward pain with inward peace. “Your sorrow shall be turned into joy” (John 16:20). God’s afflicting rod has honey at the end of it.
David says, “My times are in Your hand” (Psalm 31:15). If our times were in our own hand, we would have deliverance too soon. If they were in our enemy’s hand, we would have deliverance too late. But my times are in God’s hand, and His time is always best.
Deliverance may tarry beyond our time, but it will not tarry beyond God’s time.
God loves a thankful Christian. Job thanked God when He took all away. “The Lord has taken away–blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21). Many will thank God when He gives, but Job thanks Him when He takes away because he knows God would will good out of it.
Every bird can sing in springtime, but some birds will sing in the dead of winter. A Christian will bless God, not only in the spring, but also in the winter of affliction.
Our mercies far outweigh our afflictions. For every affliction, we have a thousand mercies! The sea of God’s mercy swallows up a few drops of affliction.
Affliction quickens the spirit of prayer. Jonah was asleep in the ship, but at prayer in the whale’s belly. Perhaps in a time of health and prosperity, we pray in a cold and formal manner and put no coals to the incense. Then we scarcely give attention to our own prayers, so then how should God give attention to them?
God loves His people when He is giving the bitter drink of affliction. God’s rod and God’s love both stand together. Let us feel God’s hand, so that we may have His heart.
Afflictions add to the saints’ glory. The more the diamond is cut, the more it sparkles. The heavier the saints’ cross is, the heavier shall be their crown.
– Thomas Watson