We Must Expect Trials


“We may, we must expect trials, if we are in covenant with God [Hebrews 11:17].  His incorrigible enemies may escape trying events here, but not his friends.  What mere man was dearer to God than Abraham; yet what mere man was ever more tried?  God proves, but he does not seduce. He subjects to tests, but they are fair tests.  ‘Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man,’ James 1:13.  Yet the Lord tries men, and often in proportion to their faith, even when the intent of the trial is not understood.  Well may a professed believer suspect that all is not right when he lives without trial. One way in which faith so mightily sustains us in trials is that it lifts us up above the world, and enables us to see invisible things.”  –William S. Plumer “Hebrews” p. 470



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