Hills of difficulty

‘If life were all one dead level, the dull sameness would oppress us... It is the hill of difficulty that drives us to the throne of grace.  And brings down the showers of blessing.’
- Mrs. Charles E. Cowman

When life’s trials are pushing hard against us, and hope seems but a dim memory, it’s so easy to succumb to the world’s ways of complaining and grumbling about our current situation.  But as Christians, we can remember and lean on God’s promises of faithfulness and that He works everything out for our good.  We can draw strength from His Spirit who lives within us and be ‘driven to the throne of grace’ from which He is ever willing to provide.  Our perseverance on the rough roads is something that God will honor.  

‘Every such consent to suffer will bring you nearer and nearer to Him; and in this nearness, you will find such blessed, sweet peace as will make your life infinitely happy, no matter what may be its mere outside conditions.’
- Elizabeth Prentiss

Be thankful for the ‘hills of difficulty’, for through them, we are being tried and if persistent, found true.  


‘For You have tried us, O God; You have refined us as silver.  You brought us into the net.  You laid an oppressive burden on our shoulders.  You have made men ride over our heads.  We went through fire and water, yet You brought us out into a place of abundance.’
- Psalm 66:10-12

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