“Thou hast shewed thy people hard things” (Psalm 60:3).
I have always been glad that the Psalmist said to God that some things were hard. There is no mistake about it; there are hard things in life. Some beautiful flowers grow and bloom only on rocks where you can see no soil.” Then think God’s flowers growing in hard places; and you will feel, somehow, that He may have a peculiar tenderness for His “rock flowers” that He may not have for His lilies and roses.
The tests of life are to make, not break us. Trouble may demolish a man’s business but build up his character. The blow at the outward man may be the greatest blessing to the inner man. If God, then, puts or permits anything hard in our lives, be sure that the real peril, the real trouble, is what we shall lose if we flinch or rebel.
“Heroes are forged on anvils hot with pain, And splendid courage comes but with the test. Some natures ripen and some natures bloom Only on blood-wet soil, some souls prove great Only in moments dark with death or doom.”
“God gets his best soldiers out of the highlands of affliction.” In the end, this is what the Lord had to say about us in the Book of Psalms Chapter 37 and verse 25 “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” Trials may come your way but trust in the Lord and lean not on your own understanding because the results will make you stronger.
Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div