REPOSTED FROM AUGUST 2010:
“When present affliction strips us of all earthly comforts, so that we can adopt Habbakuk’s words; if it makes us look with in the veil and hear Christ saying, ‘Am I not better than all My gifts?’ then affliction is a blessing.
How far will the blessing go?
It worketh out for us an eternal weight of glory.
Affliction for a moment, then an eternity of glory to recompense it!
Instead of there being just a possibility that the affliction may do you good, Paul says “It is beyond measure efficacious. You could not do without it.’
To Paul the heaviest affliction seemed but a feather resting on his soul, because he lived so much within the veil.
If we cannot, like him, say ‘Our light affliction,’ let us try to say at any rate, ‘It is but for a moment.’ “
Andrew Bonar, Heavenly Springs, page 188.