There are some of your graces that would never be discovered if it were not for your trials.
Faith never looks so grand in summer weather as it does in winter. Love shows but little light except in surrounding darkness. Hope is like a star only to be discovered in the night of adversity. Afflictions are often the black foils in which God sets the jewels of His children’s graces to make them shine more brightly.
God often sends us trials that our graces may be discovered. Real growth in grace is the result of sanctified trials. God often takes away our comforts and our privileges in order to make us better Christians.
He trains His soldiers, not in tents of ease and luxury, but by turning them out and using them to forced marches and hard service. He makes them ford through streams, swim through rivers, climb mountains, and walk many a long mile with heavy knapsacks of sorrow on their backs. It is through these testing experiences that the Lord is bringing out your graces, and making them grow.
From: Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon