HH Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“Thou hast shewed thy people hard things: thou hast made us drink the wine of astonishment.” (Psalm 60:3).
I have always been glad that the Psalmist said to God that some things were hard. There is no mistake about it; there are hard things in life. Should you receive some beautiful pink flowers this summer? They may be rock flowers; that grow and bloom only on rocks where there is hardly any soil. At that time you may think of God’s flowers growing in hard places; and somehow, that He may have a peculiar tenderness for His “rock flowers” that He may not have for His lilies and roses.
The tests of life are to make, not break us. Trouble may demolish a man’s business but build up his character. The blow at the outward man may be the greatest blessing to the inner man. If God, then, puts or permits anything hard in our lives, be sure that the real peril, the real trouble, is what we shall lose if we flinch or rebel.
“Heroes are forged on anvils hot with pain, And splendid courage comes but with the test. Some natures ripen and some natures bloom Only on blood-wet soil, some souls prove great Only in moments dark with death or doom.”
“God gets his best soldiers out of the highlands of affliction.”