Not a Way Out but a Way Through

“We often pray to be delivered from calamities; we even trust that we shall be; but we do not pray to be made what we should be, in the very presence of the calamities; to live amid them, as long as they last, in the consciousness that we are, held and sheltered by the Lord, and can therefore remain in the midst of them, so long as they continue, without any hurt.

For forty days and nights, the Saviour was kept in the presence of Satan in the wilderness, and that, under circumstances of special trial, His human nature being weakened by want of food and rest. The furnace was heated seven times more than it was wont to be heated, but the three Hebrew children were kept a season amid its flames as calm and composed in the presence of the tyrant’s last appliances of torture, as they were in the presence of himself before their time of deliverance came. And the livelong night did Daniel sit among the lions, and when he was taken up out of the den, ‘no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God.’

They dwelt in the presence of the enemy, because they dwelt in the presence of God” (Streams in the Desert).

Sometimes, God heals His children, but sometimes God allows His children to suffer so that they may know the special sweetness of the presence of God in those dark days.

Sometimes, God delivers us from trials, but mostly He walks with us through those trials so that we may know how much His strength is perfected in the middle of our weakness.

God never promised us a way out of tribulations and hardships, but He did promise a way through. He promised to be near to the broken-hearted and crushed in spirit. He promised to be with us and never leave us or forsake us, even in the worst of circumstances.

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