Category: Trials

Faith never prospers so well!

Charles Spurgeonby Charles Spurgeon

“In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the trial of your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire–may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” 1 Peter 1:6-7

Untried faith may be true faith–but it is sure to be little faith, and it is likely to remain dwarfish so long as it is without trials. Faith never prospers so well, as when all things are against her.

When a calm reigns on the sea–you may spread the sails as you will, but the ship will not move to its harbor. Only let the winds rush howling forth–it is then that she makes headway toward her desired haven.

No stars gleam so brightly–as those that glisten in the polar sky, no water tastes so sweet–as that which springs up amid the desert sand, and no faith is so precious–as that which lives and triumphs in adversity.

Tried faith brings experience. You could not have believed your own weakness, had you not been compelled to pass through the rivers of difficulty. Just so, you would never have known God’s strength, had you not been supported amid the flood-waters. Faith increases in solidity, assurance and intensity–the more it is exercised with tribulation. Faith is precious, and its trial is precious, too.

by Charles Spurgeon

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Take up your cross

Charles Spurgeonby Charles Spurgeon

“He chooses our inheritance for us.” Psalm 47:4

“Who, then, is the man that fears the LORD? He will instruct him in the way chosen for him.” Psalm 25:12

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.” Psalm 32:8

“As for God, His way is perfect. He is a shield for all who take refuge in Him.” Psalm 18:30

“He guides the humble in what is right, and teaches them His way.” Psalm 25:9

“I guide you in the way of wisdom, and lead you along straight paths.” Proverbs 4:11

Believer, if your place is a lowly one, you should be satisfied with your earthly portion–for you may rest assured that it is the fittest for you. Unerring wisdom ordained your lot, and selected the safest and best condition for you!

Christian! You would run aground and suffer shipwreck–if your divine Captain did not steer you into the depths of affliction where waves of trouble follow each other in quick succession.

It may be that you are planted where you get but little sunshine. Be assured that you are put there by the heavenly Gardener because only in that situation will you bring forth fruit unto perfection. Had any other condition been better for you than the one in which you are in–divine love would have put you there. You are placed by God in the most suitable circumstances.

Take up your own daily cross–it is the burden best suited for your shoulder and will prove most effective to make you perfect in every good work to the glory of God.

“I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” Philippians 4:11-12

by Charles Spurgeon