"Knowing that tribulation worketh patience." - Rom. v. 3.
Have former trials been blessed to thee, my soul? Why then depend upon
it, this, be it what it may, will be also. The covenant love and
faithfulness of God in Christ are both the same now, as they ever were.
If the Lord hath hitherto been making all things work together for
good, so will he now. Only pause and consider why it must be so. Thy
God is the same God as ever is he not? And his love to thee the same,
because it is in Jesus; his covenant the same, his promises the same;
the blood and righteousness of the Lord Jesus in efficacy the same.
Well then, as all the perfections of God are engaged for God's people,
certain it is, that no trial to his people can arise which he knew not,
nay, which he appointed not, and for which he hath not made a suitable
provision. Well then, what trouble of thine can be so great, as to
counteract and overcome divine strength? What burden so heavy that
Jesus cannot bear? What afflictions so painful that Jesus cannot
soften? What grief so scorching as to dry up the streams of God's love?
Hear then his words: "In your patience possess ye your souls." My soul,
rest in this. Let past experience bring thee present confidence. See
that all the fresh springs of patience flow from Jesus. Wait patiently
for the Lord, by believing in him; and, depend upon it, thy present
tribulation, of what sort or kind so ever it is, will terminate, like
every former, in bringing glory to God and comfort to thy soul.