The Master-Works of God

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. – Romans 8:28

(G)race is tested in the poverty of believers-that they are still in a great degree an uncomplaining and unmurmuring race-that they bear up under every discouragement, believing that all things work together for their good, and that out of all their apparent evils some good shall ultimately spring-that their God will either work a deliverance for them speedily, or most assuredly support them in the trouble, as long as He is pleased to keep them there; beloved, this is no doubt one reason why God puts His people in poor circumstances. “There,” says the architect, “this building is strong.” Ay, sir, but it must be tested! Let the wind blow against it. There is a lighthouse out at sea: it is a calm night-I cannot tell whether the edifice is firm; the tempest must howl about it, and then I shall know whether it will stand. So with religion, if it were not on many occasions surrounded with tempestuous waters, we should not know that the ship was staunch and strong. If the winds did not blow upon it, as they do on our poor tried brethren, we should not know how firm and secure it is. The master-works of God are those that stand in the midst of difficulties-when all things oppose them, yet maintain their stand; these are His all-glorious works. And so His best children, those who honor Him most, are those who have grace to sustain them amidst the heaviest load of tribulations and trials. God puts His people into such circumstances, then, to show us the power of His grace.~ C.H. Spurgeon


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