Suffering

Learning in the Darkness

"And I will girt thee the treasures of darkness." Isaiah 45:3     When God made this promise to Cyrus, He was speaking of material treasures from lands of darkness that Cyrus would conquer. But we are not doing violence to the verse when we take it and apply it in a spiritual sense.     There are treasures that are discovered in the dark nights of life that are never found in days of unrelieved sunshine.     For instance, God can give songs in...

Mourning Over The Past

"How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel." 1 Samuel 16:1     There comes a time in life when we must stop mourning over the past and get on with the work of the present.     God had rejected Saul from being king. The action was final, irreversible. But Samuel had difficulty in accepting it. He had been closely associated with Saul and he now wept to see his hopes disappointed. He continued to mourn a loss that wo...
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