“God is faithful by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.”—1 Cor. i. 9.
Think, my soul, what a dignity believers in Jesus are called unto, when
brought into a nearness of communion with their glorious head, in any
exercise of trial or affliction for his sake. God is. faithful in the
appointment. How? In that it proves God’s fulfilment of his covenant
promises, when Jesus and his members are considered by him as one. God
is faithful in manifesting this oneness and fellowship, in making the
members conformable to their glorious head, by trials or sufferings.
God is faithful in sending the affliction. And God manifests his
faithfulness in guiding through it, and supporting under it. The trial
itself, be it what it may, is a discovery of the covenant love and
faithfulness of Jehovah. Nay, God would not have manifested his
faithfulness to a believer without it. What a sweet consoling thought
this is to the afflicted exercised followers of the Lamb under their
trials! My soul, do thou look at the subject, and learn from it to
consider all tribulations in this view; and what a blessedness will
pour in upon thee from so doing. Hath the Lord called thee to
exercises? Hath the progress of them led thee more to Jesus? Hath the
issue of them tended to endear Jesus?—Oh then, proclaim God’s
faithfulness. I know, Lord, said one of old under trials, “that thy
judgments are right, and that thou in very faithfulness hast afflicted
me.” Precious Jesus, what a dignified path is tribulation, when we are
enabled to see thy footsteps going before marked with blood.