After the Rains
Northern Beauty V.2
After the Rains
Northern Beauty V.2
Every minutes someone leaves this world behind
(Martyn Lloyd Jones)
The Christian is not a good man.
He is a vile wretch who has been save by the grace of God!
“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.” Romans 5:6
“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
“When we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to Him through the death of His Son” Romans 5:10
“Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–of whom I am the worst!” 1 Timothy 1:15
“Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful. Nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:11
How happy are tried Christians afterward. There is no calm more deep, than that which follows a storm.
Our sorrows, like the passing keels of the vessels upon the sea, leave a silver line of holy light behind them afterward.
It is peace–sweet, deep peace–which follows the horrible turmoil that once reigned in our tormented, guilty souls.
The Christian has his best things last, and he therefore in this world receives his worst things first.
But even his worst things afterward become good things. Even now . . .
he grows rich, by his losses,
he rises, by his falls,
he lives, by dying and
becomes full, by being emptied.
If then his grievous afflictions yield him so much peaceable fruit in this life–then what shall the full vintage of joy be afterward in Heaven?
If his dark nights are as bright as the world’s days–then what shall his days be?
If even his starlight is more splendid than the sun–then what must his sunlight be?
If he can sing in a dungeon–then how sweetly will he sing in Heaven?
If he can praise the Lord in the fires–then how will he extol Him before the eternal throne?
If trials are good to him now–then what will the overflowing goodness of God be to him then?
Who would not bear the present light cross–for the glorious crown which comes afterward?
“You do not realize now what I am doing, but afterward you will understand.” John 13:7
“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:17-18
“There is reserved for me in the future the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on that day–and not only to me, but to all those who have loved His appearing!” 2 Timothy 4:8
“But our citizenship is in Heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables Him to bring everything under His control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body!” Philippians 3:20-21
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived–what God has prepared for those who love Him!” 1 Corinthians 2:9
“Therefore comfort one another with these words.” 1 Thessalonians 4:18
“The Lord takes pleasure in His people!” Psalm 149:4
How comprehensive is the love of Jesus! There is no part of His people’s interests that He does not consider; and there is nothing that concerns their welfare, which is not important to Him. Not merely does He think of you, believer, as an immortal being–but as a mortal being, also. Do not deny it or doubt it: “The very hairs of your head are all numbered.” “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and he delights in His way.” Believer, rest assured that the heart of Jesus cares about your common affairs.
The breadth of His tender love is such that you may resort to Him in all matters; for as a father pities his children, so does He pity you. Oh, what a heart is His–which comprehends all the diverse and innumerable concerns of all His redeemed people!
Do you think that you can measure the love of Christ? Think of what His love has brought you–justification, adoption, sanctification and eternal life! The riches of His goodness are unsearchable–you shall never be able to count them out or even conceive of them all. Oh, the breadth of the love of Christ! You are no desolate wanderer, but a beloved child–watched over, cared for, supplied and defended by your Lord!
“You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in Your bottle. You have recorded each one in Your book!” Psalm 56:8
“The way to a stronger faith usually lies along the rough path of sorrow. Only as faith is contested will faith be confirmed. I do not know if my experience is similar to all of God’s people, but all the grace I have received in comfortable and easy times could lie on a penny. The good that I have received from sorrow, grief, and pain is incalculable. What do I not owe to the hammer and the anvil, the fire and the file? What do I not owe to the crucible and the furnace, the bellows that flamed the coals and the hand that thrust me into the heat? Affliction is the best bit of furniture in my house. It is the best book in a minister’s library. We may wisely rejoice in various trials, knowing that the testing of faith produces patience (James 1:2-3). And through this we are exceedingly enriched and our faith grows strong.” –Charles H. Spurgeon “Beside Still Waters” p. 104