Tough times teach
All of us go through the University of Adversity (a.k.a. the School of Hard Knocks), and we’d better graduate with honor!
“It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes” (Psalm 119:71).
Job learned things he did not know before suffering: greater reverence for God; humility.
God refused Paul’s pleas to remove his “thorn.” Only later could he write, “Therefore I am well content . . . with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10).
The Prodigal valued home only after experiencing the bitter aftertaste of sin (Luke 15:11-32). Warmly welcomed by his father, he discovered something else: the sweet taste of grace.
What have we learned lately?
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/
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