Psalm 6:3 My soul is in anguish. How long, O Lord, how long?”

No one likes a trial. And tests are for school, not life – right? Yet, somehow in the sovereignty of God, these ‘ t’s ‘ (tests, temptations, trials, tribulations) are allowed. These ‘ t’s ‘ can tease us into turncoat rebels, ready to fire all our violent, aggressive complaining heavenward; OR, they can promote strength and health, dependency and devotion.

Lest you think you are the only one crying out to God, lest you think your chosen path in life should be solely smooth and sweet, fuel your faith today with some words penned by C.H.Spurgeon:

* Men may be drowned in seas of prosperity as well as in rivers of affliction

* Temptations and trials lurk on all roads

* By them we may illustrate the power of divine grace, test the genuineness of our virtues, and increase our spiritual energy.

* Worldly ease is a great enemy to faith. It loosens the joints of holy valor and snaps the sinews of sacred courage.

* While the wheat sleeps comfortably in the husks, it is useless. It must be threshed out of its resting place before its value can be known.


About dougjohns

Doug Johns retired from ministry in Canada to devote more time to international work. Right now he pastors part time at the International Baptist Church in Bielefeld, Germany. He is a graduate of York Univ. (B.A.) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div.). Doug is married to Yvonne and they have four grown children plus eight grandchildren. Doug has had significant experience as a Presbyterian Minister in Ontario, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and New Brunswick. He has served as Associate Pastor at West Congregational in Haverhill, Massachusetts; Doug is committed to international ministry in Romania; and he has taken leadership in Christian Camping as Executive Director of Camp Fireside, NH; Glen Mhor Presbyterian Camp, Ontario; Timberline Ranch, BC. .... avid baseball fan of the Toronto Blue Jays ... Managed American Legion Baseball Team out of Creston BC in North Idaho League. Doug is a serious runner with many international half-marathons completed over the last 6 years.
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