If we have God–no other loss is irreparable! There is surely enough in God’s love to compensate a thousand times for every earthly deprivation! Our lives may be stripped bare–home, friends, riches, comforts, every voice of love, every note of joy–and we may be driven out from brightness and music and tenderness and shelter into the cold ways of sorrow. Yet if we have God Himself left, ought it not to suffice? Yes, is not He Himself infinitely more than all His gifts?
Often we do not learn the depth and riches of God’s love, and the sweetness of His presence–until earthly joys vanish out of our hands, and beloved ones fade away out of sight. The loss of temporal things empties our hearts to receive spiritual and eternal things! The sweeping away of earthly hopes reveals the glory of our heart’s refuge in God. “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
“Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are Mine! When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior!” – Isaiah 43:1-3
– J. R. Miller