In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer;
I have overcome the world.
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The Christian and the Christian church are usually at their bet in times of suffering. God-sent afflictions have a health-giving effect upon the believer's soul. They clear his eye-sight so that he recognizes this world as the wicked, godless place that it is. Afflictions, when blessed by God, are the medicine used to purge the soul of its worldliness and its love of life's vanities. Those who have been in the crucible have lost more of their scum. They who have been in the fire with Christ have felt the sweetness of his presence, as few others have. When we are in trouble the promises of God's Word are more precious to us than gold. So, too, the church's suffering times are often her golden ages.
There will to the very end be trials in this life for God's people. Our ultimate comfort lies in this, that all Christ's promises will outlive this short life.
— Maurice Roberts, Great God of Wonders