Sometimes I put pen to page (figuratively) to pan for gold dust in the tumult of words in my brain, mining out the imagery, sifting out the illustrations, bringing a shine to the truths I want to share.
Sometimes I presume I have reached a clever perspective or the Lord has unveiled an epiphany and I rush to put it into words, then find that someone else who has had the same revelation has gotten it together more quickly. I am redundant. I take seriously the admonition not to add to the noise, and I won't presume my presumptions on readers if another writer has said it already, and said it better.
Sometimes I start writing a blog post with a clear purpose in mind, but what I end up with is miles from the point of its inception, and I realize that the necessary process of working through my thoughts was the Lord extending grace to me. Almost invariably, the latter needed to be said, and the former needed to be silenced.
Sometimes, though, I have nothing to say. I just returned from a conference on teaching women, and some of the connectors in my brain are starting to sizzle from the overload of word tools, word pictures, word music, word inspiration, word edification, word persuasion, word beauty, word weightiness. On days like this, I am thankful for the wisdom from fathers in the faith, and for Grace Gems, who gathers godly exhortations and comforts and sends them out in emails, would you believe it, for free? What a deal.
Below are the words of clarity and encouragement that I received today, a compilation of quotes on Affliction from biblical preachers, mostly of the Puritan variety. Perhaps Affliction is not a topic that you would think of as one that would engender words of "encouragement", but a biblical investigation would prove that Affliction is regularly addressed by the writers of Scripture in light of the Sovereignty of God. And if the thought of God being Sovereign, masterfully and righteously in complete control of the reins of this world as well as every corner of all universes, does not comfort you, then you may possibly have too high regard for your own righteous ability to govern your life. And addressing that would call for a compilation of quotes for another day.
One more thought:
Affliction has no prejudice, no preference as to whom it will visit. I'm sure you know someone who could be strengthened and comforted from these jeweled words. Please share.
God's medicine cup!
"Now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials." 1 Peter 1:6
"God measures out affliction according to our need." ~ John Chrysostom
"Prosperity is a sweet poison--and affliction is a healing, though bitter medicine." ~ John Wesley
"Afflictive dispensations, in whatsoever form, are necessary . . .
for the humbling of our souls;
for the weaning us from the things of this world;
for the restraining, subduing, and keeping under our corruptions;
and for the trial of our grace.
The will of God has appointed all our trials, and therefore, they must be, and ought to be, quietly submitted to, and patiently borne." ~ John Gill
"God's conduct with us is very gentle. With a great deal of moderation, He measures out our sufferings in a due proportion, not to our offences only, but to our strength." ~ Thomas Manton
"Many-sided is the character of our heavenly Father, for, having forgiven as a judge, He then cures as a physician. Our good Physician understands the symptoms of our disease and sees the hidden evil which they reveal, hence our case is safe in His hands. God's medicine cup is not for rebels, but for those whom Jehovah-Rophi loves!" ~ Charles Spurgeon
"The physician's care is to cure the patient's disease--not to please his palate. Just so, God will deal out afflictions to His redeemed people, as the wise physician prescribes medicines to his patients." ~ Matthew Henry
"Afflictions are not always sent as a scourge for sins committed--but sometimes as preventatives from sins. Paul's thorn prevented his pride." ~ John Leland
Laura Miller aka mrsdkmiller
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Seeing What's in Front of Our Eyes
Remembering Why I Called You Hannah
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Because He Came Home
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