Christianity teaches men to be joyful under troubles: such exercises are sent from God’s love, and trials in the way of duty will brighten our graces now and our crown at last. In times of trial, let us take care that patience, and not passion, is set to work in us: whatever is said or done, let patience have the saying and doing of it. When the work of patience is complete, it will furnish all necessary for our Christian race and warfare. We should not pray so much for removing an affliction as for wisdom to make the right use of it. And who does not want wisdom to guide him under trials, both in regulating his own spirit and in managing his affairs? Here is something in answer to every discouraging turn of the mind when we go to God under a sense of our own weakness and folly. If, after all, any should say, This may be the case with some, but I fear I shall not succeed, the promise is that it shall be given to any that asketh. A mind that has single and prevailing regard to its spiritual and eternal interest and keeps steady in its purposes for God will grow wise by afflictions, continue fervent in devotion, and rise above trials and oppositions. When our faith and spirits rise and fall with second causes, there will be unsteadiness in our words and actions. This may not always expose men to contempt globally, but such ways cannot please God. No condition of life is such as to hinder rejoicing in God. Those of low degree may rejoice if they are exalted to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom of God, and the rich may rejoice in humbling providences that lead to a humble and lowly disposition of mind. Worldly wealth is a withering thing. Then, let him that is rich rejoice in the grace of God, which makes and keeps him humble; and in the trials and exercises which teach him to seek happiness in and from God, not from perishing enjoyments.
Remember, these messages are given by a humble servant obedient unto our Lord Yeshua as a Watchman. This I pray for all. ”Our Heavenly Father brings us to the river which bringeth forth fruit so we may partake of its sustenance and be filled spiritually with nurturing wisdom and humble dedication in service to Yeshua. “Blessings to All.” As you go forward in peace, knowledge, and strength.