“Though I have afflicted thee, I will afflict thee no more.” -Nahum 1:12
There is a limit to affliction. God sends it, and God removes it. Do you sigh and say, “When will the end be?” Remember that our griefs will surely and finally end when this poor earthly life is over, Let us quietly wait and patiently endure the will of the Lord till He cometh.
Meanwhile, our Father in heaven takes away the rod when His design in using it is fully served. When He has whipped away our folly, there will be no more strokes. Or, if the affliction is sent for testing us, that our graces may glorify God, it will end when the Lord has made us bear witness to His praise. We would not wish the affliction to depart till God has gotten out of us all the honor which we can possibly yield Him.
There may today be “a great calm.” Who knows how soon those raging billows will give place to a sea of glass, and the sea birds sit on the gentle waves? After long tribulation the Rail is hung up, and the wheat rests in the garner. We may, before many hours are past, be just as happy as now we are sorrowful. It is not hard for the Lord to turn night into day. He that sends the clouds can as easily clear the skies. Let us be of good cheer. It is better on before. Let us sing hallelujah by anticipation.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]
Sunday Morning Sermon: Don’t Lose Sight of Hope | Romans 5:3-5 | Steve Wainright
“Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
When you lose sight of the end prize, you lose heart and become discouraged. When your focus is on the goal, you lose sight of your sorrow. Through suffering, our faith is being tested and strengthened. God is shaping your character and conforming you into the image of His Son.
-excerpts from Steve Wainright’s Morning Sermon
This Week’s Sermon Audio:
Wednesday Evening – Greater Abominations, Greater Judgment | Ezekiel 8-9 (Steve Wainright)
Sunday Morning – Don’t Lose Sight of Hope | Romans 5:3-5 (Steve Wainright)
Sunday Evening – A Man of God’s Influence | 2 Kings 1:1-18 (Steve Wainright)
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.” -Romans 8:28
God works all things together for your good. If the waves roll against you, it only speeds your ship towards the port. -Charles H. Spurgeon