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8:51:15 PM


Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering...But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ. 1 Peter 4:12-13

Many hours of waiting were necessary to enrich David's harp with song. And hours of waiting in the wilderness will provide us with psalms of "thanksgiving and the sound of singing" (Isaiah 51:3). The hearts of the discouraged here below will be lifted, and joy will be brought to our Father's heavenly home.
What was the preparation for Jesse's son, David, to compose songs unlike any others ever heard before on earth? It was the sinful persecution he endured at the hands of the wicked that brought forth his cries for God's help. Then David's faint hope in God's goodness blossomed into full songs of rejoicing, declaring the Lord's mighty deliverances and multiplied mercies. Every sorrow was yet another note from his harp, and every deliverance another theme of praise.
One stinging sorrow spared would have been one blessing missed and unclaimed. One difficulty or danger escaped--how great would have been the loss! The thrilling psalms where God's people today find expression for their grief or praise might never have been known.
Waiting on God and abiding in His will is to know Him in "the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings"
(Phil.3:10) and "to be conformed to the likeness of His Son" (Romans 8:29). Therefore if God's desire is to enlarge your capacity for spiritual understanding, do not be frightened by the greater realm of suffering that awaits you. The Lord's capacity for sympathy is greater still, for the breath of the Holy Spirit into His new creation never makes a heart hard and insensitive, but affectionate, tender, and true. (Anna Shipton)

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that He considered me faithful, appointing me to His service. 1 Timothy 1:12

10:07:14 PM


Do not be afraid, O worm Jacob...I will make you into a threshing sledge, new and sharp, with many teeth.
Isaiah 41:14-15

Could any two things be in greater contrast than a worm and a threshing tool with sharp teeth? A worm is delicate and is easily bruised by a stone or crushed beneath a passing wheel. Yet a threshing tool with sharp teeth can cut through a rock and not be broken, leaving its mark upon the rock. And almighty God can convert one into the other. He can take an individual or a nation, who has all the weakness of a worm, and through the energizing work of His own Spirit, endow that person or nation with strength enough to make a profound mark upon the history of their time.
Therefore a "worm" may take heart. Almighty God can make us stronger than our circumstances and can turn each situation to our good. In God's strength we can make them all pay tribute to our soul. We can even take the darkest disappointment, break it open, and discover a precious jewel of grace inside. When God gives us an iron will, we can cut through difficulties just as an iron plowshare cuts through the hardest soil. As He said in the above verse, "I will make you..." Will He not do it?
(John Henry Jowett)
Christ is building His kingdom with the broken things of earth. People desire only the strong, successful, victorious, and unbroken things in life to build their kingdoms, but God is the God of the unsuccessful--the God of those who have failed. Heaven is being filled with earth's broken lives, and there is no "bruised reed"(Isaiah 42:3) that Christ cannot take and restore to a glorious place of blessing and beauty. He can take a life crushed by pain or sorrow and make it a harp whose music will be total praise. He can lift earth's saddest failure up to heaven's glory. (J.R. Miller)

"Follow Me, and I will make you..."
Make you speak My words with power,
Make you vessels of My mercy,
Make you helpful every hour.

"Follow Me, and I will make you..."
Make you what you cannot be---
Make you loving, trustful, godly,
Make you even just like Me. L.S.P.

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