Oct 10, 2011

Therefore it is that god's people pass through great tribulation; therefore is is they are often called upon to suffer the sting of affliction and anxiety, or weep over the grave of those whom they have loved as their own soul. it is their Father's hand that chastens them; it is thus He weans their affection from things below and fixes them on himself; it is thus He trains them for eternity, and cuts the threads one by one that bind their wavering hearts to earth. No doubt such chastening is grievous for the time, but still it brings many a hidden grace to light, and cuts down many a secret seed of evil; and we shall see those who have suffered most shining among the brightest stars in the assembly of heaven. the purest gold is that which has been longest in the refiner's furnace. the brightest diamond is often that which has required the most grinding and polishing. but our light affliction endureth but for a moment, and it worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. the saints are men who have come out of great tribulation- they are never left to perish in it. the last night of weeping will soon be spent, the last wave of trouble will have rolled over us, and then we shall have a peace that passeth all understanding; we shall be at home for ever with the lord.

j.c. ryle


Anonymous said...

All I can say is: AMEN! Thank you for sharing this. Rene

Sharon said...

Thanks for passing this on...not only did I need to be reminded of these rich truths today, but I will be passing it on to a friend whose father passed away last week; a co-worker's sister in the hospital and a co-worker whose family is dealing with addiction and its consequences -- trusting the Lord will bless each of their hearts through reading this note. Blessings, Ian and Larissa!

Anonymous said...

Enjoying all of your recent posts.
Thank you for sharing.
Wendy in MD

Sarah said...

(thanks for sharing)