O thou of little faith,
wherefore didst thou doubt? Matt. 14:31
Life is not all made up of pleasant
pastures and cooling streams. Trial and disappointment overtake us; privation
comes; we are brought into trying places. Conscience-stricken, we reason that
we must have walked far away from God, that if we had walked with Him, we
should not have suffered so. Doubt and despondency crowd into our hearts, and
we say, The Lord has failed us, and we are ill-used. Why does He permit us to
suffer thus? He cannot love us; if He did He would remove the difficulties from
our path. . . .
He does not always bring us to pleasant
places. If He did, in our self-sufficiency we should forget that He is our
helper. He longs to manifest Himself to us, and to reveal the abundant supplies
at our disposal, and He permits trial and disappointment to come to us that we
may realize our helplessness, and learn to call upon Him for aid. He can cause
cooling streams to flow from the flinty rock.
We shall never know until we are face to
face with God, when we shall see as we are seen and know as we are known, how
many burdens He has borne for us, and how many burdens He would have been glad
to bear, if with childlike faith we had brought them to Him. . . .
God's love is revealed in all His
dealings with His people; and with clear, unclouded eyes, in adversity, in
sickness, in disappointment, and in trial we are to behold the light of His
glory in the face of Christ and trust to His guiding hand. But too often we
grieve His heart by our unbelief. . . .
God loves His children, and He longs to
see them overcoming the discouragement with which Satan would overpower them.
Do not give way to unbelief. Do not magnify your difficulties. Remember the
love and power that God has shown in times past.
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