And now a little Spurgeon for you. It would not be overstating to say that C.H. Spurgeon has been vital in my growth as a believer. Seriously. A month or so ago, I decided to pull out my copy of Morning and Evening (thanks to Jess!) and it has been just what I needed. I read this a few nights ago and it was astoundingly appropriate (especially in light of my last post.) I hope you are as encouraged as I was!
The trials which come from God are sent to prove and strengthen our graces, and so at once to illustrate the power of divine grace, to test the genuineness of our virtues, and to add to their energy. Our Lord in His infinite wisdom and superabundant love, sets so high a value upon His people's faith that He will not screen them from those trials by which faith is strengthened. You would never have possessed the precious faith which now supports you if the trial of your faith had not been like unto fire....While the wheat sleeps comfortably in the husk it is useless to man, it must be threshed out of its resting place before its value can be know. Thus it is well that Jehovah tries the righteous, for it causes them to grow rich toward God.
May I always long to grow rich toward God, whatever it may cost me!