For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure ; but he for our profit , that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby . Hebrews 12:10-11
We are not in this world merely to have a pleasant time–but to be fashioned into beauty of Christly character. If we would always remember this, we would not be so perplexed by the mysteries of our lives.
If joy is ours–it is to make us a greater blessing to others.
If sorrow is ours–it is to bring out Christ’s image in us more clearly.
If our hopes are disappointed–it is because God has some better thing for us, than that which we so earnestly desire.
If we are called to endure pain–it is because godly character can only be matured by affliction.
If bereavement comes and we are left without the human arm we have always leaned upon–it is because there are elements of character in our life which never could be developed unless the human support were removed.
If our burdens are heavy–it is because we grow best under burdens.
If we suffer wrong–it is to teach us better the great lessons of meekness, patience and sweet temper.
Always the Master is making us into the beauty of the holy pattern He has set for us, and preparing us for greater usefulness and better service!
–J. R. Miller
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28