Unfailing Love

“’There is no greater mercy that I know of on earth than good health except it be sickness; and that has often been a greater mercy to me than health,’ Charles Spurgeon said. ‘It is a good thing to be without a trouble; but it is a better thing to have a trouble, and know how to get grace enough to bear it.’

“It is a better thing to have a trouble, and know how to get grace enough to bear it. And we get grace enough to bear it — when we run into the arms of Grace who bore it all, into Him Who is more than enough.

I run my hand across the page. Gather the manna up into hands, what really is, and all that feeds:

Our cries to the Lord — are what give us communion with the Lord. It’s the dire distress that drives us into the deep devotion.

It’s when all fails, His love never fails — and this is why we are a people who can always give thanks.”

If I’m honest, I don’t like reading about how suffering can be a good thing or how people can view illness and pain as a kind of severe mercy. I’d rather have all the blessings and skip all the hard parts, thank you very much.

I don’t think I need to go asking and seeking for persecution and suffering. If I live long enough and stay true to what I believe, those things will come. Jesus promised that in this life we would have trouble. No mights or maybes or perhapses. It’s inevitable as sure as death and taxes.

But just as sure is the hesed, the lovingkindness of God. Just as inevitable is the promise of God to always be with His children, to never leave nor forsake them.

The persecution won’t last forever. The pain will cease. What will remain beyond both of those and through every other hardship is the unfailing love and mercy of the changeless God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

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