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Tanya~
Oct 16th 2008, 01:08 AM
By C.H. Spurgeon

"In their affliction they will seek me early."- Hosea 5:15

Losses and adversities are frequently the means which the great Shepherd uses to fetch home his wandering sheep; like fierce dogs they worry the wanderers back to the fold. There is no making lions tame if they are too well fed; they must be brought down from their great strength, and their stomachs must be lowered, and then they will submit to the tamer's hand; and often have we seen the Christian rendered obedient to the Lord's will by straitness of bread and hard labour. When rich and increased in goods many professors carry their heads much too loftily, and speak exceeding boastfully. Like David, they flatter themselves, "My mountain standeth fast; I shall never be moved." When the Christian groweth wealthy, is in good repute, hath good health, and a happy family, he too often admits Mr. Carnal Security to feast at his table, and then if he be a true child of God there is a rod preparing for him. Wait awhile, and it may be you will see his substance melt away as a dream. There goes a portion of his estate-how soon the acres change hands. That debt, that dishonoured bill-how fast his losses roll in, where will they end? It is a blessed sign of divine life if when these embarrassments occur one after another he begins to be distressed about his backslidings, and betakes himself to his God. Blessed are the waves that wash the mariner upon the rock of salvation! Losses in business are often sanctified to our soul's enriching. If the chosen soul will not come to the Lord full-handed, it shall come empty. If God, in his grace, findeth no other means of making us honour him among men, he will cast us into the deep; if we fail to honour him on the pinnacle of riches, he will bring us into the valley of poverty. Yet faint not, heir of sorrow, when thou art thus rebuked, rather recognize the loving hand which chastens, and say, "I will arise, and go unto my Father."

--C.H. Spurgeon

The Preacher
Oct 16th 2008, 04:46 AM
That fits in perfectly with:

Heb 12:5-11

5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:
6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.
11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

Those of us who have walked with God for any length of time know the validity of Tanya's post. My own life has been an endless cycle of straying because of unfaithfulness and him being so faithful to chastise. Praise God that he doesn't send us our quail by giving us whatever we want. His resistance to our desires are a token of his love. He will have no idol in our heart but when we delight ourselves in him he then grants us the desires of our heart.

IMINXTC
Oct 16th 2008, 06:47 AM
Very timely posting and one that directly affects me. In my daily attempt to teach and influence others on the subject of adversity, I often find that I am called to put my faith to practice in a very real and personal way... often in the face of certain disaster.

Probably our most effective witness to this world is our Christ-centered ability to understand and to actually learn to profit in a spiritual sense from adversity, and to aid others in their moments of crisis.

Now, if I could just get my blood-pressure to comply. lol

"Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:" 1 Pt 1:6

Elouise
Oct 16th 2008, 09:09 AM
I think adversity can be soul making - if we let God have a hand in such things instead of trying to deal with such things ourselves.