"The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise" (Psa. 51:17).

Brokenness comes before blessing; suffering precedes service. This has always been God's order.  Joseph was in prison before he could bless from the palace.   Moses was on the backside of the desert before he was qualified to act as deliverer of Israel.   David learned in secret the use of the sling before he became the conqueror in public. God told Elijah to go and hide himself before showing himself to the wicked king Ahab. Daniel knew how to trust God in the lion's den before he caused God to be acknowledged in Babylon.
The apostle Paul had the thorn in the flesh before he experienced the sufficiency of God's grace.   The Isle of Patmos was the place where the apostle John had the vision and heard the voice.
There is a rose of blessing in every thorn of adversity. There is a lifting up in every letting down.   Out of weakness we are made strong.   God gives song in the night, and but for the night we would not have songs to sing.   Blessings still accompany testing. Refreshment is found in many a hollow place in life, and but for the hollowness the supply would never have been secured for us.


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