We do not lose heart

(J.R. Miller, “Help for the Day”)

Life may seem a failure here, crushed like a lily… — broken, trampled, torn! But it may yet become a glorious success. Because Many of the truest and best of God’s children, know only defeat in this world. They are ever beaten back and thrust down. Because The burdens are too heavy for them. They are overmastered by sorrows and pain. The world’s enmity treads them in the dust. … while others march by to great earthly success — they live obscurely oppressed, and burdened with lifes challenges.We do not lose heart

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. Because our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal!”
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
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God keeps a tear-bottle

(J.R. Miller, “Evening Thoughts” 1907)

“You keep track of all my sorrows. And You have collected all my tears in Your bottle. You have recorded each one in Your book!” Psalm 56:8

Tears are sacred in God’s sight. Because The Psalmist said that God keeps a tear-bottle, into which He puts the tears of His people. This means that God in Heaven hears the plashing of earth’s tears. It means that His people’s sorrows are sacred to Him, that He cherishes them, keeping them as memorials.

Therefore Our tears are precious to God, also, because in our sorrow He brings to us blessings which we never could receive but for our sorrow. One of our Lord’s Beatitudes is for the sorrowing: “Blessed are those who mourn.” It seems strange to us that mourning ones should be put among the blessed or happy ones. Therefore The reason is, because only those who suffer can get God’s comfort, and this is such a blessing that it is worth while to have sorrow just to receive it.

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