From the Pastor’s Pen

Final thoughts on Psalm 46:1

God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.                      NKJV

Why didn’t God help me sooner?”  This is a question that I have been occasionally asked, and my response is to reply, “It is not God’s will to act according to your schedule.  The Lord desires to change you and cause you to learn a lesson from it.”  God has promised to be with us in trouble, to deliver us and honor us as His people (Psa. 91:15).  If you are a true believer, a child of God, He will be with you in whatever time and place you are in trouble.  Afterward He will remove you from it, but not until you have stopped being restless and worried over it and have become calm and quiet.  Then He will say, “It is enough.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   God uses trouble to teach His children precious lessons.  Difficulties are intended to educate us, and when their good work is done, a glorious reward will become ours through them.  There is a sweet joy and a real value in difficulties, for the Lord regards them not as difficulties but as opportunities.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                When God tests you, it is a good time to test Him by putting His promises to the test and then claiming from Him exactly what your trials have made necessary.                      L. B. Cowman

                                                                                                                                                                                                        There are two ways of getting out of a trial.  One is simply to try and get rid of the trial, and then to be thankful when it is over.  The other is to recognize the trial as a challenge from God to claim a larger blessing than we have ever before experienced, and to accept it with delight as an opportunity of receiving a greater measure of God’s divine grace.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        In trials, even the Adversary becomes a help to us, and all the things that seem to be against us turn out to assist us along our way.  Surely this is what is meant by the words “In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Rom. 8:37).                     A. B. Simpson

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