Evangelist Smith Wigglesworth, after losing his wife Polly and his son George within two years of each other said, “It seems to me as if I had had a thousand road engines come over my life to break me up like a potter’s vessel. There is no other way into the deep things of God but a broken spirit.” WOW! In the midst of great loss, his perspective remained on target. He learned that, “enduring faith is built in the fire of trials.”
Romans 5:3-6 tells us, “We have joy with our troubles, because we know that these troubles produce patience. And patience produces character, and character produces hope. And this hope will never disappoint us, because God has poured out His love to fill our hearts.”
If you have suffered loss or feel broken today, let me encourage you: God is near to the broken-hearted (Psalm 34:18). He is close to you, caring for you, standing ready to fill you with hope for the future. It’s a hope that will never disappoint! You will be filled with joy when He brings you to a good end! Since you know He is faithful to keep His promises, why don’t you take a moment to rejoice right now? Give Him praise for where He’s brought you and where He’s taking you. Offer thanksgiving to God because He is just and will make all things right for you. You are safe and secure when you remain in the Father’s hands.
”The end of real faith is rejoicing. Always.” ~Smith Wigglesworth