Health and Healing
Blessings come from 'Suffering'
We used to sing a song about the Lord:
He gives me joy in place of sorrow,
He gives me love that casts out fear,
He gives me sunshine for my shadow,
And beauty for ashes dear.
In order to bring forth the sweetness, there has to be some suffering. To bring
about the beauty of the flame, something must go to ashes.
Blessings come from sufferingâ€”â€œbeauty for ashesâ€� (Isaiah 61:3). This is borne out
so well in Hebrews 12, verse 11, which says: â€œNow no chastening seems joyful
for the present, but painful: nevertheless afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of
righteousness to those who have been trained by it.â€�
Itâ€™s like a giant hand taking a honeycomb and squeezing itâ€”and out comes the
honey. Or itâ€™s like when Moses smote the rock: The rock received a blow, but out
came the water (Exodus 17:1-7). The heart of stone has to be broken before the
water [of Godâ€™s Spirit] can flow out to refresh the people. Itâ€™s like a beautiful flower
thatâ€™s pressed and crushed, but out comes the perfume.
Or like the beautiful music that comes from the throat of the bird, almost as
though itâ€™s in pain, yet it comes forth with song. Even though the birdâ€™s song may
be sad, itâ€™s so sweet. The groans are not murmurs, but songs of praise and
thanksgiving to Godâ€”a sad, sweet song! As the great poet Shelley once said,
â€œOur sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thoughts!â€�
Praise is the voice of faith!
We could never appreciate the light unless we had once been in darkness. We
couldnâ€™t appreciate health unless we had been sick. We canâ€™t appreciate joy until
weâ€™ve known sorrow. We canâ€™t appreciate Godâ€™s mercy until weâ€™ve known the
Prayer . . . . Lord, help us not to fight Your crushing, Your bruising, Your smiting.
Help us not to quench that beautiful song, even if itâ€™s sad, to thank You in spite of
the sorrow. Help us to be willing to be smitten and crushed under Your hand, to
be squeezed and to be bruised, to be in agony of spirit, that we may give forth
Your sweetness, Your fragrance, Your beauty, Your song, Your refreshing waters.
Out of what seems like defeat, come some of Your greatest victories!
â€œGod comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who
are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by
Godâ€� (2 Corinthians 1:4).
written by D. Berg
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