Our heavenly Father sends us frequent troubles to try our faith. If our faith is worth anything, it will stand the test.
It is poor faith which can only trust God when friends are true, the body full of health, and the business profitable. True faith holds, by the Lord’s faithfulness, when friends are gone, when the body is sick, when spirits are depressed, and the light of our Father’s countenance is hidden. The faith that can say in the direst trouble “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him” is Heaven-born faith.
The Lord afflicts His servants to glorify Himself for He is greatly glorified in the graces of His people. When “tribulation worketh patience, and patience, experience; and experience, hope ,” the Lord is honored by these growing virtues.
The wisdom and power of the great Workman are discovered by the trials through which His vessels of mercy are permitted to pass. Present afflictions tend to heighten future joys.
No matter the depth of our present trials, may we rest assured that God is building within us a faith that will stand the test!.
From: Morning and Evening, by Charles Spurgeon