Category: Trials

Yet it is a profitable loss!

Grace Gems Whiteby Thomas Charles

The Benefits of Affliction” 1838

“God disciplines us for our profit, that we may share in His holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:10-11

Inasmuch as God has assured us that He causes all things to work together for our good–patience and resignation to the divine will in all things, is our duty. In His good time He may allow us to see such wisdom and goodness in all of our circumstances, as to fill our hearts with transports of joy. To follow Him is our part–without murmuring or complaining.

Nothing befalls us without a cause–no trouble comes upon us sooner, or presses more heavily, or continues longer–than what God knows that our case requires. What our short-sighted ignorance calls adversities or evils–are in reality and truth, well-designed and gracious blessings, and form a part of the means employed by God’s goodness and grace, to prepare us for the exceeding and eternal weight of glory. Away then with all impatience and all murmurings!

All our desire in this world, should be to live holily and live usefully–and affliction, by the blessing of God, has great influence in promoting both. Sanctified affliction greatly promotes holiness, and is also a great preparative for usefulness. It is working out at the same time a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory in the eternal world. God always chastens us, for our profit. Though we may thereby lose earthly comforts, ease and enjoyments–yet it is a profitable loss. What we lose in these things–we gain in holiness. It is for our profit, to become partakers of His holiness.

“We know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose!” Romans 8:28

by Thomas Charles

The Wilderness Of Heaven

Jonathan Cahnby Jonathan Cahn

The Promised Land is a shadow of heaven. When we speak about going home, crossing the Jordan, or coming to the Promised Land, we’re often speaking about going to heaven. The wilderness is a symbol of the journey to the Promised Land, which is this life right now. The Hebrews journeyed through the wilderness, crossed over, and went into the Promised Land. But actually, there was wilderness within the Promised Land itself. The Wilderness of Judea, the Arabah, the Negev – all these were inside the Promised Land.

So for you as a believer, it means that heaven and this life are closer together than you could imagine. Even in the wilderness, you can live a heavenly life. Even in the dry times, the hard times, and in times of sorrow, you can find heaven. Whatever you’re going through in this journey, God is going through it with you, and that makes it heaven. So learn to live in the heavenlies now. Learn to see the good in all things and to bless at all times. For the Promised Land also encompasses the wilderness and heaven is also in your life right now.

Today’s Mission – Are you in the wilderness today? See God’s Promised Land encompassing you and live according to the heavenly life.

by Jonathan Cahn