Dare 2B Daring - June 04, 2018
A daily devotional published by Risk Takers for Christ, Inc.
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“How happy are tried Christians, afterwards. No calm is more deep than that which succeeds a storm.” – Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Here in Florida, we really only have two seasons. One is dry and one is wet. The dry season extends from November through March or April, and then the wet season arrives with a vengeance. Virtually every day there is at least a small chance of a late afternoon thunderstorm.
Life is a lot like Florida weather. There are times when the sun is bright, the air is warm, and a refreshing breeze blows lightly across our face. And then, there are also periods when that same wind howls with hurricane force and torrents of rain pound against the sides of our physical, spiritual and perhaps financial “house”.
And yet, for a believer, there is always hope. Here is how Spurgeon puts it…
“Our sorrows, like the passing keels of the vessels upon the sea, leave a silver line of holy light behind them ‘afterwards.’ It is peace, sweet, deep peace, which follows the horrible turmoil which once reigned in our tormented, guilty souls.”
“See, then, the happy estate of a Christian! He has his best things last, and he therefore in this world receives his worst things first. But even his worst things are ‘afterward.’ Even now he grows rich by his losses, he rises by his falls, he lives by dying, and becomes full by being emptied.”
“If his dark nights are as bright as the world’s days, what shall his days be? If even his starlight is more splendid than the sun, what must his sunlight be? If he can sing in a dungeon, how sweetly will he sing in heaven! If he can praise the Lord in the fires, how will he extol Him before the heavenly throne! If evil be good to him now, what will the overflowing goodness of God be to him then?”
“Oh, blessed ‘afterward!” Who would not be a Christian? Who would not bear the present cross for the crown which cometh afterwards? But herein is work for patience, for the rest is not for today, nor the triumph for the present, but ‘afterward.’ Wait, O soul, and let patience have her perfect work.”
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete lacking nothing.” James 1:2-4 (NKJV)
- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President