(Octavius Winslow, “Evening Thoughts”) LISTEN to Audio! Download Audio
“The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.
Those who sow in tears, will reap with songs of joy.” Psalm 126:3, 5
We can praise God for trials!
We can thank God for sorrows!
These have been to us, though painful–yet a much needed and a most blessed school.
The ‘wilderness’ has been a heavenly place on earth . . .
because of lessons which we have been taught,
the truths which we have learned,
because the preciousness of Jesus which we have experienced,
the love of God which we have felt,
because of the sweetness in prayer which we have tasted,
and the fitness for labor which we have derived
–all, all testify, as with one voice, to the unutterably precious blessings that flow through the channel of sacred and sanctified sorrow.
Dear reader, as painful and sad as may be the path you now are treading–fear not; the outcome will be most glorious. Therefore The seed you are sowing in tears, shall yield you a golden harvest of joy!
Adversity is the school of Heaven!
And in Heaven . . . .
where no sorrow chafes,
no tears flow,
where no blight withers,
no disappointment sickens, and
where no sad change chills, wounds, and slays–
the sweetest praises will be awakened by the recollection of the sanctified sorrows of earth!
“God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in His holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it!” Hebrews 12:10-11
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