Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Our Afflictions: encouragement for the child of God

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"Our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory!" 2 Corinthians 4:17
It is good to know that there is a limit to affliction. It is but for a moment--it has its appointed end.
Not always will the war go on.
Not always will the seas be tempest-driven. 
Not always will the rains descend and the fierce winds blow.
God weighs and measures, bounds and ordains, my sorrows!
For seven months Mr. Monod lay in helpless suffering. Week by week his pain increased in its severity, until he had not a minute when he was free from it. But this was what he wrote: 

"The Desert in the morning,
Gethsemane in the afternoon,
Golgotha in the evening!
Well, the Desert with Christ,
Gethsemane with Christ,
Golgotha with Christ! 

This is better than all the pleasures of sin!"

(Alexander Smellie, "The Secret Place" 1907)

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