Tag: Pressure

Trials and hard places

A.B. Simpsonby A.B. Simpson

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God —1 Peter 5:6

The pressure of hard places makes us value life. Every time we come through such a trial, it is like a new beginning, and we learn better how much life is worth and make more of it for God and man. The pressure helps us to understand the trials of others and fits us to help and sympathize with them.

There is a shallow, superficial nature that gets hold of a theory or a promise and talks very glibly about the distrust of those who shrink from every trial. But the man or woman who has suffered much never does this. Knowing what suffering really means, he or she is very tender and gentle.

This is what Paul meant when he said, Death worketh in us, but life in you (2 Corinthians 4:12). Trials and hard places are needed to press us forward, even as the furnace fires in the hold of the mighty steamship give the force that moves the Piston, drives the engine and propels that great vessel in the face of winds and waves.

by A.B. Simpson

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

HT Grace Gems