COMFORT FOR THE CAST DOWN
“Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my groaning. Give attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you do I pray. O LORD, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch” (Ps 5:1-3 ESV).
“How does God comfort those who are cast down? His methods are various. He adapts the comfort to the sorrow. He first writes the sentence of death on any comfort other than Himself. He suspended all human channels of comfort to prepare you for the fulfillment of His own exceeding great and precious promise: ‘I even I, am he that comforteth you’ (Isa 51;12). Be sure that it is God and not man who comforts you—that your consolation is divine, and not human. It may be the duty of your minister and privilege of your friend to speak a promise to your ear, and to spread out before you the riches of divine comfort in the Word; but it is the prerogative of the Holy Spirit alone to apply the promise and to give a heartfelt possession of those comforts. Let no one comfort you except God Himself” Octavius Winslow (ref#135, May 22nd).
“[T]he commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life” (Prov 6:23 ESV).
“Divinely loved ones [divinely love by God], stop thinking that the smelting process which is [operating] among you and which has come to you for the purpose of testing [you], is a thing alien to you, but insofar as you share in common with the sufferings of Christ, be rejoicing, in order that also at the time of the unveiling of His glory, you may rejoice exultingly. In view of the fact that you have cast in your teeth, as it were, revilings because of the Name of Christ, spiritually prosperous [are you], because the Spirit of the Glory, even the Spirit of God, is resting with refreshing power upon you” (1 Pet 4:12-14 Wuest).
Revel in them, revel
Revel, I say, revel.
For surely they will end
Then surely I will say,
“It was not by my own hand (Jud 7:2)”
But the LORD that helped me stand.