HE HAS GIVEN ME A CUP OF DEEP SORROW TO DRINK
“He hath filled me with bitterness, He hath made me drunken with wormwood.” [Lamentations 3:15]
The Lord’s people have many hard lessons which they have to learn in the ‘school of Christ’. EACH ONE HAS TO CARRY A DAILY CROSS, and are burdened and pressed down under its weight. This daily cross may and does differ in individuals. But every child of God has his own cross, which LAID UPON HIS SHOULDERS BY AN INVINCIBLE HAND, he has, for the most part, to carry down to the very grave.
Thus, some of God’s people are afflicted in BODY from the very time the Lord begins His work of grace upon their heart. Or if exempt from disease, are shattered in nerve, depressed in spirits, and weighed down by lassitude and languor, often harder to bear than disease itself.
Some are tied to UNGODLY PARTNERS, meeting with opposition and persecution at every step.
Others have nothing but TROUBLE IN THEIR FAMILY, either from the invasion of death into their circle, or what sometimes is worse than death—disgrace, shame, and ungodliness.
Others have little else but one continual series of losses and crosses in their circumstances, wave after wave rolling over their heads.
O, VIEW THE FAMILY OF GOD TOILING HOMEWARD . . .
some dragging along an afflicted body;
others a wounded spirit;
others carrying upon their shoulders dying children;
others with scarcely a rag to their back or a crust in their hand;
fearful in heart,
trembling at a rustling leaf,
a deep river to pass, and
a furious enemy in sight.
“Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation” [Habakkuk 3:17-18]