Our heavenly Father sends us frequent troubles to try our faith.
If our faith is worth anything, it will stand the test. It is a poor faith which can only trust God when friends are true, the body full of health, and the business profitable. That is true faith which holds to 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 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 joy.
I trust Him for what He is, for what He has done, and for what He has promised yet to do.
From: Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon