(Octavius Winslow, “Morning Thoughts”)
It is in times of trials that . . .
the tenderness, and
the grace of the Holy Spirit are better known.
As a Comforter, as a Revealer of Jesus, we are, perhaps, more fully led into an acquaintance with the work of the Spirit in seasons of trials than at any other time. The mode and time of His divine manifestation are thus beautifully predicted: “He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass — as showers that water the earth.” Psalm 72:6
Observe . . .
the silence, and
the sovereignty of His operation.
“He shall come down like rain.” How characteristic of the blessed Spirit’s grace!
They create . . .
a necessity which Jesus supplies,
a void which Jesus fills,
a sorrow which Jesus soothes,
a desire which Jesus satisfies.
They endear the cross of the incarnate God,
they reveal the hidden glory of Christ’s humiliation,
they sweeten prayer,
they lift the soul to God…
Does some heavy trial now bow you in the dust?
Oh never, perhaps, were you so truly beautiful; never did your grace send forth such fragrance, or your prayers ascend with so sweet an odor; never did faith, and hope, and love develop their hidden glories so richly, so fully as now!
In the eyes of a wounded, a bruised, and a humbled Christ, you were never more lovely, and never more precious to His heart than now . . .
pierced by His hand,
smitten by His rod,
humbled by His chastisement,
laid low at His feet,
taking to yourself all the shame, and
ascribing to Him all the glory!
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