When Severe Afflictions Arise

“The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord” – Job 1:21

“This thing is from Me.” – 1 Kings 12:24

There are some afflictions which remind me of a term which I have seen in the charters of ships, -“the act of God.” Certain calamities at sea are called “the act of God.” So, there are certain events in life which may be very terrible and very sorrowful, but if they are the act of God, they come to us thus distinguished, “This is from God.” Will you not accept it from the Lord?” Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?” Will we not say, with Job, “The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord”? “This thing is from Me.” O thou who art His child, accept the chastisement from thy Father’s hand, and kiss the rod with which He smites thee!

If we will not bear the yoke that is laid upon us, and heed the gentle tugging of the rein, then the goad and the whip will be used upon us. Nothing involves us in so much sorrow as our refusal to submit to sorrow. If we will not take up the cross, the cross, mayhap, will take us up; and that is a far worse lot than the other. Endure, submit, acquiesce, it is the easiest way, after all; for if thou art a child of God, and thou rebellest against Him, thou wilt have to smart for it… Whenever, therefore, a thing is distinctly from the Lord, it is not to be resisted. ~ C.H. Spurgeon


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