THROUGH THE FIRE

Divisional Patriarch

Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

“So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning” (Job 42:12).

Through his griefs, Job came to his heritage. He was tried that his godliness might be confirmed. Are not my troubles intended to deepen my character and to robe me in graces I had little of before? I come to my glory through eclipses, tears, death. My ripest fruit grows against the roughest wall. Job’s afflictions left him with higher conceptions of God and lowlier thoughts of himself. “Now,” he cried, “mine eye seeth thee.

And if, through pain and loss, I feel God so near in His majesty that I bend low before Him and pray, “Thy will be done,” I gain very much. God gave Job glimpses of the future glory. In those wearisome days and nights, he penetrated within the veil, and could say, “I know that my Redeemer liveth.” Surely the latter end of Job was more blessed than the beginning.

“Trouble never comes to a man unless she brings a nugget of gold in her hand.” Oh, brethren it is after you are robed in your Office that trouble will meet you. Before you ware elevated in office life was easy. After you have taken the oath “all hell breaks loose”.

Apparent adversity will finally turn out to be the advantage of the right if we are only willing to keep on working and to wait patiently. How steadfastly the great victor souls have kept at their work, dauntless and unafraid! There are blessings which we cannot obtain if we cannot accept and endure suffering. There are joys that can come to us only through sorrow. There are revealing of Divine truth which we can get only when earth’s lights have gone out. There are harvests which can grow only after the plowshare has done its work.

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seamed with scars; martyrs have put on their coronation robes glittering with fire, and through their tears have the sorrowful first seen the gates of Heaven. Today many Christians have stood the test of times and have seen the Pearly Gates before closing their eyes. Many have been travelling waiting for their names to be called and one day you and I will walk that same path gain entrance into those golden gates.

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