Unlimited: The Kingdom Will More Than Make Amends
Jan 9, 2017 1035
“We must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God (Acts 14:22).”
God’s people have their trials. It was never designed by God, when He chose His people, that they should be an untried people. They were chosen in the furnace of affliction; they were never chosen to worldly peace and earthly joy. Freedom from sickness and the pains of mortality was never promised them; but when their Lord drew up the charter of privileges, He included chastisements amongst the things to which they should inevitably be heirs….
Good people must never expect to escape troubles; if they do, they will be disappointed, for none of their predecessors have been without them…. It is ordained of old that the cross of trouble should be engraved on every vessel of mercy, as the royal mark whereby the King’s vessels of honour are distinguished.
But although tribulation is thus the path of God’s children, they have the comfort of knowing that their Master has traversed it before them; they have His presence and sympathy to cheer them, His grace to support them, and His example to teach them how to endure; and when they reach the kingdom, it will more than make amends for the “much tribulation” through which they passed to enter it. – Charles Spurgeon
Eli’s Reflection: Spurgeon says that the kingdom will more than make amends for the tribulation that we suffer. Is there a favourite Bible text about what God has prepared for you that you find particularly encouraging? Why don’t you write it out, and your own response to it in a paragraph or to. Then mail it to yourself the good-old fashioned way. Who knows? By the time you receive it you might need to read what you wrote!