“You are good and do good” Psalm 119:68
We don’t waste our afflictions when we receive them as from the Lord (because they are from the Lord!)
When we receive our trials knowing that they come from the Lord, we can be assured that they will be for His glory and the good of His people. God is good and all He does is good and in that we should rest assured.
Many times, when we receive hard news or when we walk through a trial, especially when it is a lengthy one, we lose sight of God our Father and His character. Thomas Watson said that we must not get distracted by who brings the trial (who is the carrier, the messenger God chose to bring it to us), but look up and see God, who sent it our way. All our trials, our Pastor always reminds us, are hand-stitched for us, and our Father has all the measurements right. Each trial He sends our ways fits us perfectly, though we can only see that with the eyes of faith.
When we don’t understand what is happening and why things are happening the way they are, we must remember the immutability of God’s character. Jesus is interceding for us in the storm and reminding us not to fret and not be anxious, the Father is pouring His love and grace on us, and the Holy Spirit is reminding us of the truths of the Gospel, opening our eyes to see the good Triune God at work in the midst of our trial. Quoting Thomas Watson again, he said, “True faith will trust God’s heart—where it cannot trace His hand!”
May the Lord help us not to waste our trials! All is grace, the trial and the gift of not wasting it.
Under His sun and by His grace,