Wednesday, June 23, 2010

"Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning....

Usually when God intends the greatest mercy to any of his people he brings them into the lowest condition. God seems to go quite across and work in a contrary way: when he intends the greatest mercy to his people he usually first brings them into very low conditions. If it is a bodily mercy, an outward mercy that he intends to bestow, he brings them physically low, and outwardly low, if it is a mercy in their possessions that he intends to bestow, he brings them low in that and then raises them; and in their reputations, he brings them low there, and then raises them; and in their spirits God ordinarily brings their spirits low and then raises their spirits. Usually the people of God, before the greatest comforts, have the greatest affliction and sorrows. Now those who understand God's ways think that when God brings his people into sad conditions, he is leaving and forsaking them, and that God does not intend any great good to them. But a child of God, who is instructed in this way of God, is not troubled, "My condition is very low," he says, "but this is God's way when he intends the greatest mercy, to bring men under the greatest afflictions." When he intended to raise Joseph to be second in the kingdom, God cast him into a dungeon a little before. So when God intended to raise David and set him upon the throne, he made him to be hinted as a partridge in the mountains. (1 Samuel 26:20). God dealt this way with his Son: Christ himself went into glory by suffering (Hebrews 2:10); and if God so deals with his own Son, much more with his own people. A little before daybreak you will observe it is darker than it was any time before, so God will make our condition a little darker before the mercy comes.
Be instructed in this course and the way God is accustomed to walk in and that will greatly help us to contentment.

~ The Rare Jewel Of Christain Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs


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"Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."
Isaiah 55:6,8-1