Making Judgments on Trials

You can’t make a moral judgment on your circumstances, to do so is to judge God and find Him wanting. If Romans 8:28 is true—and it is—then we have no business saying, ‘This is terrible! My life is awful!’ for God causes all things to work together for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purposes.
— Nate Hughes

Test Everything by the Scriptures

The true Christian was intended by Christ to prove all things by the Word of God, all churches, all ministers, all teaching, all preaching, all doctrines, all sermons, all writings, all opinions, all practices. These are his marching orders. Prove all by the Word of God; measure all by the measure of the Bible; compare all with the standard of the Bible; weigh all in the balances of the Bible; examine all by the light of the Bible; test all in the crucible of the Bible. That which cannot abide the fire of the Bible, reject, refuse, repudiate, and cast away. This is the flag, which He nailed to the mast. May it never be lowered!
— John Wycliffe

How To Quench Satan's Darts of Discouragement

If Satan fails in his fiery darts of temptation, he will seek to dismay and discourage the Christian with the spirit of fear. Faith alone can quench these fiery darts. These darts are held in the enemies' reserve. When temptations prove unsuccessful, he opens this quiver and sends a shower of these arrows to set the soul on fire. If he cannot carry a soul laughing to hell, he will endeavor to make him go mourning to heaven. We can be greatly encouraged when we see Satan hard put to use these arrows. The darts of Job were of this sort.

When God gave Satan leave to practice his skill, Satan did not use the golden apple of profit or pleasure, but sought to stir up unholy thoughts to defame God: “Curse God and die,” his wife said. This is a great disturbance in the imagination of a saint. Faith will not harbour unworthy thoughts of God in the heart. If your view of God is shaped by Scripture, it is impossible to have anything but holy and loyal thoughts of God. Satan seeks to encourage hard thoughts of God when His providence is hard to understand. Some have questioned God's justice because He does not judge speedily. Others have questioned His care and faithfulness in not providing better for His servants or in allowing their afflictions. Satan seeks for us to view God through these broken glasses.

Job quenched this dart: “You speak as a foolish woman.” What God takes from me is less than I owe Him, and what He leaves me is more than I deserve. Unbecoming thoughts or words about God are the product of a rash and hasty spirit. It is fitting for Christians to bless God in the saddest condition that can befall them. Faith finds mercy in the greatest affliction and in the saddest mixture of providence. Praise God for past mercies and it will not be long before you have a new song in your mouth for the present mercy.

William Gurnall, The Christian in Complete Armour, 11:91-97, edited by Richard Rushing and republished in Voices from the Past: Puritan Devotional Readings, The Banner of Truth Trust, Edinburgh, 2009, page 310.

Jesus, My Savior, Look On Me

Poetry speaks to the soul in a way prose never can. Let the words from this hymn minister to your heart as they have mine. 

Jesus, My Savior, Look on Me

By John R.Macduff, 1853

 

Jesus, my Savior! Look on me,

For I am weary and oppressed;

I come to cast myself on Thee:

Thou art my Rest.

 

Look down on me, for I am weak,

I feel the toilsome journey’s length;

Thine aid omnipotent I seek:

Thou art my Strength.

 

I am bewildered on my way,

Dark and tempestuous is the night;

Oh, send Thou forth some cheering ray:

Thou art my Light.

 

When Satan flings his fiery darts,

I look to Thee; my terrors cease;

Thy Cross a hiding-place imparts:

Thou art my Peace.

 

Thou wilt my every want supply,

E’en to the end, whate’er befall;

Through life, in death, eternally,

Thou art my All.

 

"O You whose wisdom guides my way.

Though now it seem severe.

Forbid my unbelief to say,

'There is no wisdom here.'

 

Lord, If You bend my spirit low,

Love only I shall see

The very hand that strikes the blow

Was wounded once for me."