Tuesday, April 22, 2014

My Year With Spurgeon #16

A Bottle in the Smoke
Charles Spurgeon
“For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; yet do I not forget they statutes.”—Psalm 119:83.
It was never designed by God when he chose his people, that they should be an untried people; that they should be chosen to peace and safety, to perpetual happiness here below, and freedom from sickness and the pains of mortality.
Trials are a part of our lot; they were predestinated for us in God’s solemn decrees; and so surely as the stars are fashioned by his hands, he has fixed their orbits, so surely are our trials weighed in scales; he has predestinated their season and their place, their intensity and the effect they shall have upon us. 
Our Heavenly Father never intended to take away our griefs when under trial; he does not put us beyond the reach of the flood, but builds us an ark, in which we float, until the water be ultimately assuaged, and we rest on the Ararat of heaven for ever, God takes not his people to an Elysium where they become impervious to painful feelings: but he gives us grace to endure our trials, and to sing his praises while we suffer.
© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible

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