“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 12:11
Affliction is one of God’s medicines! By it, He often teaches lessons which would be learned in no other way. By it, He often draws souls away from sin and the world, which would otherwise have perished everlastingly.
Health is a great blessing–but sanctified disease is a greater blessing! Prosperity and worldly comfort are what all people naturally desire–but losses and crosses are far better for us–if they lead us to Christ.
Let us beware of murmuring in the time of trouble. Let us settle it firmly in our minds, that there is a meaning, a ‘needs be’, and a message from God–in every sorrow that befalls us. There are no lessons so useful, as those learned in the school of affliction. There is no commentary that opens up the Bible so much, as sickness and sorrow.
Afflictions are intended by God . . .
to make us think,
to wean us from the world,
to send us to the Scriptures,
to send us to our knees!
The resurrection morning will prove, that many of the losses of God’s people were in reality, eternal gains. Thousands at the last day, will testify with David, “It is good for me that I have been afflicted!” Psalm 119:71
(By J.C. Ryle)