God is in the hard places

God's Perspective on Suffering
The pressure of hard places makes us value life. Every time our life is given back to us from such a trial, it is like a new beginning, and we learn better how much it is worth, and make more of it for God and man. The pressure helps us to understand the trials of others, and fits us to help and sympathize with them.

There is a shallow, superficial nature, that gets hold of a theory or a promise lightly, and talks very glibly about the distrust of those who shrink from every trial; but the man or woman who has suffered much never does this, but is very tender and gentle, and knows what suffering really means. This is what Paul meant when he said, “Death worketh in you.”

Trials and hard places are needed to press us forward, even as the furnace fires in the hold of that mighty ship give force that moves the piston, drives the engine, and propels that great vessel across the sea in the face of the winds and waves.
–A. B. Simpson

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  1. Lorena N

    This is good…’cause sometimes I forget. ‘God is in the hard places,’ and I just want to bolt. A little immaturity on my part. 🙂 I also hope I’m never insincere to others in their trials.

    Thanks for putting it up, Teresa.

    • Teresa

      Lorena my friend we all struggle with this. I am going through stuff now and my flesh wants the easy road…I know the right road is otherwise and I am tired. I want easy for once ! I know the only path home is the one with ruts and brambles. Jesus is on that path with me so in spite of myself we keep walking. But remember we get home to that celestial city eventually.

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