Monday, September 17, 2012


"The part of an army that sees action on the front lines is sure to have its pay-- more compensation than those who wait behind in the quarters. I am sure, then, that there is more silver and gold-- joy and comfort-- in the camp of Christ's suffering ones than in the hearths of prosperity and ease.
God's promises are like strong wine stored up for a time of need: "Call upon me in the day of trouble," He says (Psalm 50:15). Certainly we can call on God in seasons of quiet peace, but He would have us be the boldest in the "day of trouble"-- no one finds such a fast help at the throne of grace as the suffering saint. David testifies to this truth when he says: "In the day when I cried thou answers me and strengthens me with strength in my soul" (Psalm 138:3). We might not welcome a visit from a friend when it is past midnight, but we do not mind if such a person needs us at that late hour. In such emergencies we gladly go with the messenger who comes for us-- and so does God. Peter knocked at the gate of the assembly who prayed for him almost as soon as their supplication knocked at the gate of heaven in his behalf.
The temptations of an afflicted person are great; to him every delay seems like neglect or oversight. Therefore God chooses to show marvelous measures of kindness at these times: "As the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds by Christ" (2 Corinthians 1:5). As man struggles with trouble, Christ supplies comfort. Both tides rise and fall together.
Just as we relieve the poor in their most extreme needs, Christ comforts His people as their troubles multiply. Now tell me, does not our Lord deserve a ready spirit in you to meet any suffering, which brings His sweetest grace? And this, when you might expect the pains of severest sorrows to overcome you?” 

Quoted material from, ”The Christian in Complete Armour Daily Readings in Spiritual Warfare” by Gurnall and James S Bell.

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