The Christian and Christian churches are usually at their best in times of suffering. God sent afflictions have a health giving effect upon the believer's soul. They clear his eye sight so that he recognizes this world as the wicked godless place that it is. Afflictions, when blessed by God, are the medicine used to purge the soul of its worldliness and its love of life's vanities. Those who have been in the crucible have lost more of their scum. They who have been in the fire with Christ have felt the sweetness of his presence, as few others have. When we are in trouble the promises of God's Word are more precious to us than gold. So too the church's suffering times are often her golden ages.
There will to the very end be trials in this life for God's people. Our ultimate comfort lies in this, that all Christ's promises will outlive this short life: 'In this world ye shall have tribulations, but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world' (John 16:33).
~ Great God Of Wonders by Maurice Roberts