We all have troubles. But what do you think is the main source of our troubles? And, most importantly, how can we deal with it and thus enjoy a better life? Today’s devotional will help you answer those questions. God bless you.
Because of Calvary,
Proverbs 3:7 (ESV)
Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
“Our troubles mostly grow from the root of self-will; but when self-will is conquered, and we hold ourselves entirely at God’s disposal, then there is a sweetness even in wormwood and gall, and our heaviest cross becomes our joy and delight, and we say, with holy Rutherford, ‘I find the cross of Christ no more a burden to me than wings are to a bird, or sails are to a ship.’ That saintly man said that, sometimes, he felt so deeply in love with his cross, that he almost feared lest his sufferings and grief should become so lovely to him as to be a rival to the Lord Jesus Christ. There is no such danger, I am afraid, with the most of us, for we are as bullocks unaccustomed to the yoke, and we kick against the pricks. But if you can wait upon your Master, and say, ‘Do with me as thou wilt, Lord,’ all will be well. Try to be like the shepherd on Salisbury Plain, whose story should never be forgotten. When he was asked, ‘Is it good weather?’ he answered, ‘Yes, it is all good weather that God sends.’ ‘But does this weather please you’!’ ‘If it pleases God, it pleases me,’ was his reply. That is the point to get to; may God bring us there by his grace!” [Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit XLV, (London: Passmore and Alabaster, 1899), p. 487-488]