A Few Bible Thoughts For Your Day
Posted by: Eddie Ingram
Date: Mar 07 2017 5:30 PM
Hey Everybody, I hope your week is off to a great start. We had a great worship time Sunday and are gearing up for Wednesday night's Bible classes. I hope you are planning to join us. For today, here are a few thoughts.
The Blessing of Affliction
Augustine once commented that "God had one Son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering." Life is no smooth road for any of us. Job says, "Man that is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble" (Job 14:1). Man is always in the forge or on the anvil. Every life is shaped by its trials and afflictions.
I have noticed that it is affliction that proves one weak and another strong. A house built upon the sand is just as good in fair weather as the one built upon a rock. It is when the rain comes and the wind blows that the difference is established. If you would know whether a staff is strong or rotten, you must observe it when it is leaned on and the weight is borne upon it. A cobweb is as strong as a cable as long as there is no strain upon it.
The truly virtuous person is like good metal - the more he is fired the more he is refined. God polishes the jewels He especially loves, and intends to make most resplendent with many sharp-cutting instruments and rough files. The diamond that has been cut most is the one that sparkles most. The brightest crowns worn in heaven will be the ones that were tried, smelted, and polished in the furnaces of tribulation.
Foremost among the Christian's blessings is that his heart has been caused to bleed. God allows tribulation to visit His children, but He tells its purpose - that "tribulation worketh patience, and patience experience, and experience hope" (Romans 5:4). For Jesus, the mount of transfiguration was on the way to the cross. For each of us, the cross is on the way to the mount of transfiguration. The cross-bearer on earth will be the crown-wearer in heaven.
Have a great week!
Enon Church of Christ
1366 Enon Rd.
Webb, AL 36376