Tag: Murmuring

The highest class in the school of Christ

by J.A. James

1848

“So that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” Hebrews 6:12

By patience, we mean a quiet waiting, amidst sufferings and sorrows–for the heavenly kingdom. Patience is an uncomplaining willingness to remain any length of time, and amidst any tribulation, for eternal glory.

No circumstances of life–let the sufferer hear and drink in the soul-comforting thought–no circumstances of life seem to ripen the Christian so fast or so perfectly for Heaven–as the experience of sorrow and affliction. Oh! then let our comforts go, then let our eyes weep, then let our hearts bleed–if our Father is thus ripening us for everlasting fruition and inconceivable bliss!

“But patience must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.” James 1:4

When we are enabled to exercise the grace of patience, we have reached the highest class in the school of Christ, have nothing more to learn upon earth, and are ready and fit to depart, and to be with Jesus–and have then obtained as much grace as can be possessed, short of glory itself!

Patience then, sufferer, patience! The first moment, and the first glance of Heaven will be an infinite recompense for all that you suffer–for all that you lose on earth! If every step on earth is a step of suffering–then let each be a step of patience!

Weep you may–murmur you must not.

Nature may pay the tribute of a groan–but grace must pay it with a smile.

The shower of your tears may fall–but the rays of the Sun of Righteousness must reflect the beauteous rainbow of the promise.

Christian, you make your way to glory along the path of patient resignation, which, if it is like the Valley of Weeping, and has its briars and its thorns–has also its refreshing rain-pools of heavenly consolation!

by J.A. James

What a pleasant life you would have

Grace Gems Whiteby Thomas Boston

“Affliction does not come from the dust, nor does trouble spring from the ground!” Job 5:6

“I form the light and create darkness, I make peace and create calamity; I, the LORD, do all these things!” Isaiah 45:7

“The LORD brings death, and makes alive; He brings down to the grave, and raises up. The LORD sends poverty, and wealth; He humbles, and He exalts.” 1 Samuel 2:6-7

Affliction does not rise out of the dust or come to us by chance.

It is the Lord who sends affliction, and we should own and reverence His hand in it.

Let the people of God comfort themselves at all times by the doctrine of divine sovereignty. Amidst whatever befalls them, they should rest quietly and submissively in the bosom of God, considering that whatever comes to pass proceeds from the decree of their gracious Friend and reconciled Father, who knows what is best for them, and will make all things work together for their good.

O what a sweet and pleasant life you would have under the heaviest pressures of affliction, and what heavenly serenity and tranquility of mind you would enjoy–if you would cheerfully acquiesce in the good will and pleasure of God, and embrace every dispensation, however sharp it may be, because it is determined and appointed for you by the eternal counsel of His will!

See here the evil of murmuring and complaining at our lot in the world. How apt are you to quarrel with God, as if He were in the wrong when His dealings with you, and not according to your own desires and wishes!

You demand a reason, and call God to an account: “Why am I thus? Why so much afflicted and distressed? Why so long afflicted? Why such a severe affliction rather than a lighter one? Why am I so poor, needy and afflicted?

Thus your hearts rise up against God. But you should remember that this is to defame the counsels of infinite wisdom, as if God had not ordered your affairs wisely enough in His eternal counsel.

Our attitude should be that of Job’s, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.Job 1:21

by Thomas Boston