God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present
help in trouble. Psalm 46:1
I once heard the following statement from a simple
old man, and I have never forgotten it: "When God
tests you, it is a good time to test Him by putting
His promises to the test and then claiming from
Him exactly what your trials have made necessary.
There are two ways of getting out of a trial. One is
simply to try to get rid of the trial, and then to be
thankful when it is over. The other is to recognize
the trial as a challenge from God to claim a larger
blessing than we have ever before experienced, and
to accept it with delight as an opportunity of receiv-
ing a greater measure of God's divine grace.
In this way, even the Adversary becomes a help to
us, and all things that seem to be against us turn out
to assist us along our way. Surely this is what is
meant by the words "In all these things we are more
than conquerors through Him who loved us. Rom 8:37
A B Simpson
Not always OUT of our troubled times,
And the struggles fierce and grim,
But IN--deeper in--to our sure rest,
The place of our peace, IN Him.
Annie Johnson Flint
Reader, after I go through deep waters and God
has showed up, it is then I believe His promises.
Ahhh, to grasp them in the going would be so