To Ponder:

grinding wheel“Man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward!” Job 5:7. “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows.” John 16:33. “Through many hardships and tribulations, we must enter the kingdom of God.” Acts 14:22. No one has ever lived, who has not had his times of discouragement, heaviness, sorrow and disappointment. Cares and afflictions come to all. Life has its adversities–it must needs have them. Adversity, pain, sorrow, and disappointment–are the lathe upon which God shapes us. They are the grinding-wheel which grinds and smooths us. They are the polishing-wheel which makes us shine. If we can never be happy until we are so situated that nothing exists which may tend to render us unhappy–then we shall have little happiness in life. Happiness does not come from a life of ease and indolence. It is not the result of the absence of obstacles and difficulties. Happiness comes from triumphing over them. Therefore the song of true happiness, often arises from the soul which undergoes many adversities. Dear soul, Jesus knows all about your troubles. He knows every heartache, every difficulty, everything you must overcome, everything you must bear. Trusting in His grace, relying upon His help–you shall soon find your heart filling again with melody, for the clouds will pass away! “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away!” Revelation 21:4. (Charles Naylor)

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