The Sweet & the Bitter

“God will not kill his children with sweets any more than he will destroy them with bitters.” C. H. Spurgeon

Is it possible that we often underestimate the value of struggles and the possible harm of our abundance? We often use the term “I’m blessed” to mean that we have financial security, nice things, a high paying job, or when everything is going great. I think that is true, however being “blessed” can also mean being poor, having little, and going through a difficult time.

God’s goodness doesn’t change based on circumstances. His blessings are new every morning, great is His faithfulness. (Leviticus 3:22-23)

Perhaps our struggles on this earth are to develop us into heroes of faith. Perhaps they are to protect us from our own devices. A child given too much freedom often causes harm to themselves and to others.

Whatever the reason for your struggles today, let me encourage you to trust your loving and faithful Father. He sees you. He loves you. He desires the very best for you and this world. Your present day struggles, as well as earthly successes, may both fall into the category of God’s blessings.

If you find yourself in a difficult play today, may I challenge you to give the Lord thanks and seek to glorify Him in it.


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