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Morning and Evening
For the morning of October 7th
by Charles H. Spurgeon
"Wherefore hast Thou afflicted Thy servant?" --Numbers 11:11
Our heavenly Father sends us frequent troubles to try our faith. If our faith be worth anything, it will stand the test.Gilt is afraid of fire, but gold is not: the paste gem dreadsto be touched by the diamond, but the true jewel fears no test.It is a poor faith which can only trust God when friends aretrue, the body full of health, and the business profitable; butthat is true faith which holds by the Lord's faithfulness whenfriends are gone, when the body is sick, when spirits aredepressed, and the light of our Father's countenance is hidden.A faith which can say, in the direst trouble, "Though He slayme, yet will I trust in Him," is heaven-born faith. The Lordafflicts His servants to glorify Himself, for He is greatlyglorified in the graces of His people, which are His ownhandiwork. When "tribulation worketh patience; and patience,experience; and experience, hope," the Lord is honoured by thesegrowing virtues. We should never know the music of the harp ifthe strings were left untouched; nor enjoy the juice of thegrape if it were not trodden in the winepress; nor discover thesweet perfume of cinnamon if it were not pressed and beaten; norfeel the warmth of fire if the coals were not utterly consumed.The wisdom and power of the great Workman are discovered by thetrials through which His vessels of mercy are permitted to pass.Present afflictions tend also to heighten future joy. Theremust be shades in the picture to bring out the beauty of thelights. Could we be so supremely blessed in heaven, if we hadnot known the curse of sin and the sorrow of earth? Will notpeace be sweeter after conflict, and rest more welcome aftertoil? Will not the recollection of past sufferings enhance thebliss of the glorified? There are many other comfortable answersto the question with which we opened our brief meditation, letus muse upon it all day long.
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