To Ponder:


Like sugar in our tea! “Your heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things!” Matthew 6:32. God will display His wisdom–in promoting the eternal welfare of all His children. God’s ways are not our ways. They are always profoundly wise; and His wisdom will in the end stand conspicuous and glorious in His paternal dealings with all of His children. “For what son is not chastened by his father?” Hebrews 12:7. Beloved, if God is our Father! He will chastise us! We need it! We deserve it! We shall have it! But He will mix mercy with every affliction. Like sugar in our tea–it sometimes lies at the bottom, and needs stirring up! But there is always mercy there! A cup of unmixed wrath was put into the hands of Jesus–that such a cup might never be put into our hands! There is sweetness, in the bitterest cup which our Father gives us! Let us therefore look for the sugar–as we sip the bitter potion! (James Smith, “Comfort for the Christian“)

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