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Renew my will from day to day,
Thy will be done.
We should receive our Affliction too with Patience. St. Paul says that
. “ tribulation worketh patience.” This ought to be its effect upon us; and this will be its effect, if God blesses it to us. Sometimes patience can be learnt in no other school. We are taught in the chambers of sickness and suffering, what we cannot learn elsewhere. What precept and example fail to teach us, affliction sometimes
You are now called to patient, humble suffering. Others
Others may be called to do much for God; you are called to suffer. Your duty is to be still. This is your
Your heavenly Father allots it to you. And, be assured, you may glorify
Him quite as much by your patience, as you could do by the most active service.
Oh then, submit to this wholesome discipline; and
pray tame, and subdue, and chasten you, leading you to bear without a murmur whatever your heavenly Father shall lay upon you.
that it may
Our affliction should humble us. The people of Nineveh humbled themselves in their trial. Job said, “I have heard of Thee by the hearing of the ear; but now mine eye seeth Thee; wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.”
David says, “I was dumb, and opened not my mouth, for it was thy doing.” Even proud Nebuchadnezzar was for a while laid low. And we Christians are exhorted to "humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God.”
Surely, if anything will bring down our high thoughts, and set us upon our right level, it is sickness. You may, perhaps, hitherto have prided yourself on your strength, or your appearance. What are they now that
you are wasted by sickness ? Or you have perhaps been inclined to boast of your learning. But can learning relieve your pains, or help you to meet death? It is utterly powerless on such occasions. Or, again, you may have been lifted up by riches. But how miserably poor we seem, when God's chastening hand
Fall down then before God, and say, “Naked came I into the world, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away: blessed be the name of the Lord.”
is upon us !
But I must go even further still,
that a real Christian will receive his affliction with Thankfulnessyes, even with thankfulness.
I doubt not but you now find it very hard to say,
“ Thank God for this trial.” And yet you ought to say it: and perhaps the time will come when
will be able to say it from your very heart. And even before this sickness has left you, your happy experience may be—“ It is good for me that I have been afflicted. Before I was afflicted I went wrong, but now have I kept thy word.”
For the sake of those about you, as well as for your own sake, try and take your trial thankfully and cheerfully. Brighten up. There is good in store for you. Aye, it is even on its way to you, though you may not see it. This illness, or this misfortune, may prove to be among your richest blessings. Ask God to make it so; and then it will yield the peaceable fruits of righteousness.”
It has been said that there is a rough and a smooth side to every handle, and that we may take hold of things by either. Well is it if
you can get into the habit of always choosing the smooth side. And you will be able, if only you can believe that Word, which says that “ All things work together for good to them that love God.” There is a dark and a bright side to every providence, as there was to the pillar in the wilderness. We naturally fix on the dark side and call it sorrow; but faith sees a ray of light amidst the gloom, and forthwith our sorrow is turned into joy.
Though your sufferings may be great, think how
you have. Think too how many people