2 Corinthians 4:17
Do you ask how God can make sorrows into blessings? I will tell you. He can
use them to soften the heart. A tender heart is a great treasure. What hard,
unfeeling creatures men and women would become if they had one continual run of prosperity! In health and comfort and plenty, men grow careless about everyone’s interests but their own.
Sanctified sorrow is favorable to humility. God hates pride; He beholds the proud man afar off. Trouble brings the lofty spirit to a true knowledge of itself and helps to lay it in the dust.
Sorrow makes men sympathetic to the sorrows of others. If I want sympathy I go to those who have suffered themselves.
Sorrow loosens our hold on the things of this life. The tendency of the human heart is to settle down and find its happiness in the things of earth. Sorrow weakens the cords that bind us to this world and draws the spirit to seek its heaven in the next. Sorrow opens the heart for the reception of all the blessed salvation of God. In prosperity, men can do without God—at least, many do not want Him. When affliction and bereavements and death come to them, they cry after Him.
Sorrow will work out far more precious things for us in the world to come. Of these momentary afflictions, Paul confidently says: “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all” (2 Corinthians 4:17).
What must you do to turn your trials and sorrows to good account?
Ask God to forgive all the murmuring thoughts and words of the past. Give yourself up fully to obey His every command in the future—live a life of trust. Take hold of your Father’s hand, and believe that He has hold of yours.
Tell Him that in the dark as well as in the light, in joy as in sorrow, you will trust Him to guide and lead you safely home. Sorrow may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning (Ps. 30:5).
William Booth, The Warrior’s Daily Portion