by Frank Pollard

Matthew 5:4
There are times when hurting helps. That sorrow has a
certain value about it cannot be doubted. It is usually the
people who have been through some deep, dark valley who are
the most forgiving in spirit, the most loving in service, and
the most assured in faith.
Wordsworth said: "A deep distress has humanized my soul."
Charles Berry wrote: "Our heavenly Father has led me
through some very dark places, but I have found the truth of
what many good men have said: 'There are some things, the
best things, that can only be seen-when the lights of life
are turned low and the light of God is left to shine alone."'
History is piled high with evidence that our hurting can
help us to help others. The Bible is certainly not a listing
of people who sat in life's easy chair and toasted their toes
before a fireplace of Christian coziness and all this a
reward for being orthodox. Rather, the Bible is a catalogue
of tragedies faced triumphantly. With a ringing laugh in
every line Paul wrote from prison to say, "Count it all joy
when you face the various trials of life. Because of
sufferings," said Paul, "many have come to know Christ." And
that's what it's all about! Jeremiah had to do time in the
dungeon's mire because he would not retract his prophesy.
Ezekiel lived on barley cakes mingled with manure because
God was demonstrating what would happen to Israel in captivity.
Hosea suffered the heartbreak of loving a woman repeatedly
and openly unfaithful to him and through this God said: "Just
as that unfaithful woman broke Hosea's heart in little pieces,
even so do you break my heart when you sin against Me."
Someone expressed it ever so beautifully:
Seeking a deliverer and a saviour our
great God in His own purpose passed by the
palace and its silken delights. He took a
little babe in His arms and He called to His
side His favorite angel, the angel of Sorrow.
Stooping, He whispered: "O Sorrow, thou
well beloved te ...

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