Isa 43:10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me

Sunday, June 8, 2014

A Condition In Chastisement

"If need be" I Peter 1:6-Three gracious words! Not one of all my tears has been shed for nothing! Not one stroke of the rod has been unneeded, or that might have been spared! 

Your heavenly Father loves you too much, and too tenderly, to bestow harsher correction than your case requires!

Is it loss of health, or loss of wealth, or loss of beloved friends? Be still! there was a needs be. We are no judges of what that needs be is; often through aching hearts we are forced to exclaim, "Your judgments are a great deep!"

But God here pledges Himself, that there will not be one unnecessary thorn in the believer's crown of suffering. No burden too heavy will be laid on him; and no sacrifice too great exacted from him.

He will "temper the wind to the shorn lamb." Whenever the need be has accomplished its end, then the rod is removed~the chastisement suspended~the furnace quenched.

If need be! Oh! what a pillow on which to rest your aching head~that there is not a drop in all your bitter cup but what a God of love saw to be absolutely necessary!

Will you not trust His heart, even though you cannot trace the mystery of His dealings? Not too curiously prying into the "Why it is?" or "How it is?" but satisfied that "So it is," and, therefore, that all must be well!

Although you say you cannot see Him, yet judgment is before Him, therefore trust in Him!

~John Macduff~

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