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(William Watson)
20503 posts
5/18/2009 2:06 pm

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5/18/2009 7:30 pm

Afterward Peace

“Now no chastening for the present seems to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless after it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.” Hebrews 12:11.

The chastening experience is common to the Christian. Often we cannot see beyond the dark clouds to the sun shining on the other side. A tragic experience came to the American nation in the assassination of its brilliant young president, John F. Kennedy. In the prime of life and at the height of his power he was shot in the city of Dallas, Texas, on Friday, November 22, 1963. The world was stunned at the tragic news. The bravery of his young wife with her two small called forth sympathy and admiration of all. His aged father and mother, his brothers and sisters, bore this sorrow with dignity.
Should one stop to reason why these tragedies occur he might question the Lord’s dealing with men. He can see but one side of the picture now. Faith must carry the Christian through until he beholds in the better land the other side of life’s sorrows. For the present this affliction is hard to bear, and one needs to trust that the heavenly Father allows only those experiences He knows are best.
The experience of Job should be an encouragement.
The record says, “Job, was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.” Yet he was severely afflicted. His friends were miserable comforters, telling him that these trials had come because of sin in his life. Through all his afflictions Job retained his confidence in God and his faith was rewarded. When the terrible trial was over, God gave him twice as much as he had before.
Let us in the dark experiences look beyond to the peaceable fruits of righteousness which we will enjoy when life’s tragedies are over. Through these experiences let us look for God’s glory.

May the Lord bless you and keep you

LovebuginCT 68F
606 posts
5/18/2009 6:05 pm

Excellent post. Thanks!

Walking, and praising and trusting my Lord for the rest of my life

(William Watson)
18097 posts
5/18/2009 7:30 pm

so glad that you enjoyed it lovebug, cheers

May the Lord bless you and keep you