To the children of God, afflictions are allowed in mercy. They are allowed by love.
They are designed . . .
to draw us more closely to the Savior,
mortify indwelling sin,
purify our hearts,
wean us from earth,
and elevate our affections to that blessed world where there shall be no more pain.
Because Every breeze of earthly sorrow is only wafting us to those high and heavenly abodes, where temporal ills are forever unknown!
When ready to sink under the accumulated ills of life–let us come to the Savior in the time of trouble.
Weary mariner on life’s tempestuous ocean, when afflictions cloud your sky, cling to the Savior in grateful, confiding love.
Therefore Amid all your difficulties and dangers, He whispers consolation to you,
and supports your fainting soul with the richest consolation and the choicest promises. You will then be enabled to bear the trials of life with composure–knowing that, like the Captain of our salvation, you must also be made perfect through suffering. Because these light and momentary afflictions are working for you a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory!
You will then experience the sweetness of the divine promises–and in the midst of outward trouble, enjoy inward peace.
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The omniscience of God is an encouragement to prayer. There is no cause for fearing that the petitions of the righteous are heard, or that their sighs and tears shall escape the notice of God–since He knows the thoughts and intents of the heart.
There is no danger of the individual saint being overlooked amidst the multitude of supplicants who daily and hourly present their various petitions, for an infinite mind is as capable of paying the same attention to millions, as if only one individual were seeking its attention.
So too the lack of appropriate language, the inability to give expression to the deepest longing of the soul–will not jeopardize our prayers, for “It shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear” (Isaiah 65:24).
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