Tried of the Lord

Until the time that his word came: the word of the LORD tried him. – Psalm 105:19

You may rest assured, brethren, that wherever God gives extraordinary gifts or graces, and appoints an extraordinary career, He also appoints unusual trial. There is a verse-I think it is Cowper’s-which says that

“The path of sorrow, and that path alone,
Leads to the land where sorrow is unknown.”

To eminence of any desirable kind there is no royal road, but we must wade through tribulation to it. For Joseph to become prime minister of Egypt the path lay through the prison-house: to all true honor the road is difficult. Expect, then, dear friend, if God gifts thee, or if He graces thee, that He intends to try thee. Such a reflection will tone down thine exultation and prevent its degenerating into pride, and it will aid thee to gird up the loins of thy mind and stand in all sobriety, prepared for that which awaits thee. Look upon talents and graces, and high hopes of eminent usefulness as signs of inevitable tribulation. Do not congratulate yourself, and sing, “Soul, take thine ease; thou art happy in possessing such special gifts,” but prepare to do the life-work to which thou art called. Thou art favored of the Lord, but do not look for the happiness of ease, carnal enjoyment, and human approval, for “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love Him.” ~ C.H. Spurgeon

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