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Christian Quote of the Week (or so!):
Trials and the Discipline of God
"Solomon advises: 'When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other' (Eccl. 7:14). There is nothing wrong with being happy when God gives us good times. We 'should enjoy them--not wantonly, or selfishly, but as opportunities of glorifying Him, and doing good to our fellow-creatures' [Bridges]. 'But when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other.' As Job put it: 'Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?' (Job 2:10). God has His reasons for allowing us to endure trouble, though we may view trouble as what is 'crooked' in life. Look back, and you will realize that the troubles you have experienced have been valuable for your spiritual growth, 'not only as our school of discipline, but as the test of our improvement in this school. For if prosperity doth best discover vices, adversity doth best discover virtue' [Bridges]. It is worth remembering that God sends both good times and bad times: both are signs of His love. How, you may ask, are bad times a sign of His love? The writer of Hebrews teaches us: 'Endure hardship as discipline. God is treating you as sons... Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in His holiness' (Heb. 12:7,10). Every loving parent knows that discipline springs from love."
-– Scott Sperling, from  Study on Ecclesiastes 7:13-22
Related Bible Verses:
"Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live!
They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness.
No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees." (Heb. 12:7-12)
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