“He led them forth by the right way.”—Psalm 107:7.
HANGEFUL experience often leads
the anxious believer to enquire
“Why is it so with me?”
I looked for light,
but lo, darkness came;
for peace, but behold trouble.
I said in my heart,
my mountain stands firm,
I shall never be moved.
Lord, you hide your face, and I am troubled…
to-day, my spirit has no hopes, but many fears;
no joys, but much distress. Is this part
of God’s plan with me? Can this be the way
in which God would bring me to heaven?
Yes, it is even so. The eclipse of your faith,
the darkness of your mind,
the fainting of your hope, all these things
are but parts of God’s method
of making you ripe for the great inheritance
upon which you shall soon enter.
These trials are for
the testing and strengthening
of your faith—
they are waves that wash
you further upon the rock—
they are winds which waft
your ship the more swiftly
towards the desired haven.
According to David’s words,
so it might be said of you
“so He brings
them to their desired haven.”
By honour and dishonour,
by evil report and by good report,
by plenty and by poverty,
by joy and by distress,
by persecution and by peace,
by all these things is the life
of your souls maintained,
and by each of these are you helped
on your way.
Oh, think not, believer,
that your sorrows
are out of God’s plan;
they are necessary parts of it.
“We must, through much tribulation,
enter the kingdom.”
Learn, then, even
to “count it all joy when
you fall into various trials.”