“And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope:”— Rom. 5:3-4
Dr. M. R. DeHaan wrote: The greatest sermons I have ever heard were not preached from pulpits but from sickbeds. The deepest truths of God’s Word have often been taught by those humble souls who have gone through the seminary of affliction.
The most cheerful people I have met, with few exceptions, have been those who’ve had the least sunshine and the most pain and suffering in their lives. The most grateful people I have ever known were not those who had traveled a pathway of roses all their lives, but those who were confined to their homes, some to their beds, and had learned to depend on God.
The gripers, on the other hand, are usually those who have the least to complain about. The men and women who are the most cheerful and the most grateful for the blessings of Almighty God are often those who have gone through the greatest trials.
The Bible tells us that if we respond properly to the trials of life, we will develop patience and godly maturity (Romans 5:3, 4, 5; James 1:3, 4). We must keep in mind that our present sufferings are “but for a moment” and that they are being used by God for our eternal good (2Co 4:17,18). So take heart, suffering one. Someday you too will realize that it was worth it all (1Pe 1:7).
You might never know exactly why you are forced to suffer, but God has a reason–a good reason. But know this– every trial is an opportunity for you to show others the greatness of God’s grace. Someone is watching how you respond, so this might be your best chance to preach the greatest sermon of your life. And you need not say a word!– HDS
Lakeway Baptist Church
5801 FM 1960 E
Humble, TX. 77346