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Suggested Scripture Reading: Psalm 142

Psalms 142:6 Attend unto my cry; for I am brought very low: ...

It is said that he who would see the stars sparkling with tenfold luster must dwell in the cold region on snow.  So, too, "he who would know the full beauties of Jesus, the bright and morning Star, must see Him amid the frosts of trouble and adversity." There are certain lessons of grace that can only be learned in the valley of pain and distress.  Our affections are directed heavenward best when we have reached such depths of human misery: for there our innate weakness, and the futility of the soul tortured by sorrow, and heal the sharp, deep wounds of earthly woe.  Show me a Christian who has suffered much and allowed his trials to be sanctified to his heart, and I will show you a mellow soul full of compassion for others, and with a deep love for his Saviour.

A king once played a heavy stone in the roadway.  Then he hid and waited to see who would remove it.  Many who came by loudly blamed the government for not keeping the highways clear, but none assumed the duty of pushing the offending obstacle out of the way.  At last a poor peasant stopped and graciously  rolled it into the gutter.  To his surprise he found a purse full of gold embedded in the road directly beneath the spot where the rock had stood.  A note informed him that it was the king's reward intended for anyone who willingly performed this needed service.  The peasant was thus richly repaid for his trouble and inconvenience.  So, too under every trial our King has hidden a blessing.  The obstacles on our path are placed there for a purpose.  By them God tests our faithfulness, turns our attention heavenward, and gives us opportunity for spiritual reward.  There is a hidden blessing under the "rock of trial" that has brought you "very low". Roll the burden and find the divine favour.     H.G.B.

Whate'er thy grief, whate'er thy care,

Just bring it unto Me;

Yes, in thy day of trouble, call,

I will deliver thee.  -  S.C. Umlauf

"Where souls are being tried, there God is hewing out pillars for His temple."

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John 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.





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