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Losses, crosses, disappointments and bereavements.

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“Unto you therefore who believe β€” He is precious!” 1 Peter 2:7

Christ is especially precious to believers β€” when the emptiness of the world is discovered. The soul having tried the world, has found it . . .

false and fickle,
an empty cistern,
a dry well,
a cloud without water,
only vanity and vexation of spirit!

The Christian has experienced that . . .
the world’s pleasures β€” end in pain,
its honors β€” end in disgrace,
and its wealth β€” ends in absolute poverty.

Now turning from the world, to Jesus β€” it finds . . .

solid happiness,
substantial pleasure,
full supplies.

It obtains . . .
a deep and lasting peace which passes all understanding,
unsearchable riches in Christ, and
honors which will never pass away.

O how precious is Jesus, when this world appears to be a valley of tears! Almost everything earthly is at times calculated to . . .

cause sorrow,
fill us with sadness,
and draw forth tears.
Losses, crosses, disappointments and bereavements β€” all conspire to make us sad. Earth is to us a Valley of Achor β€” the place of trouble and sorrow.

Now turning to Jesus, we find a friend who loves at all times, and a brother born for adversity.
He makes up for every loss,
He sanctifies every disappointment,
and He fills for us every relation.

His presence is . . .

like a flowing spring β€” in a dreary desert,
like a cheering fire β€” on a piercing winter’s night,
and like a happy home β€” to the exhausted traveler.

O how precious is Jesus now!

(James Smith, “Christ Precious!” 1861)

Are You Paying Interest?

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Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength. It does not enable us to escape evil. It makes us unfit to face evil when it comes. It is the interest you pay on trouble before it comes.
Corrie ten Boom

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Putting Us In The Fire

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No words can express how much the world owes to sorrow. Most of the Psalms were born in the wilderness. Most of the Epistles were written in prison. The greatest thoughts of the greatest thinkers have all passed through the first. The greatest poets have β€œlearned in suffering what they taught in song.” In bonds, Bunyan lived the allegory that he afterwards wrote, and we may thank Bedford Jail for the Pilgrim’s Progress. Take comfort, afflicted Christian! When God is about to make pre-eminent use of a person, He puts them in the fire.

George MacDonald


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