When sorrow comes under the power of Diving grace...

"God never uses anybody to a large degree, until after He breaks that one all to pieces."

When sorrow comes under the power of Divine grace, it works out a manifold ministry in our lives. Sorrow reveals unknown depths in the soul, and unknown capabilities of experience and service. Sorrow is God’s ploughshare that turns up and subsoils the depths of the soul, that it may yield richer harvests. If we had never fallen, or were in a glorified state, then the strong torrents of Divine joy would be the normal force to open up all our souls’ capacities; but in a fallen world, sorrow, with despair taken out of it, is the chosen power to reveal ourselves to ourselves. Hence it is sorrow that makes us think deeply, long, and soberly.


Sorrow makes us go slower and more considerately, and introspect our motives and dispositions. It is sorrow that opens up within us the capacities of the heavenly life, and it is sorrow that makes us willing to launch our capacities on a boundless sea of service for God and our fellows.
  
God never uses anybody to a large degree, until after He breaks that one all to pieces. Joseph had more sorrow than all the other sons of Jacob, and it led him out into a ministry of bread for all nations. For this reason, the Holy Spirit said of him, “Joseph is a fruitful bough by a well, whose branches run over the wall” (Gen. 49:22). It takes sorrow to widen the soul.

 “We can say, ‘Blessed is night, for it reveals to us the stars.’ In the same way we can say,
‘Blessed is sorrow, for it reveals God’s comfort.’ The floods washed away home and mill, all the poor man had in the world. But as he stood on the scene of his loss, after the water had subsided, broken-hearted and discouraged, he saw something shining in the bank which the waters had washed bare. ‘It looks like gold,’ he said. It was gold. The flood which had beggared him made him rich. So it is ofttimes in life.”  -Streams in the Desert


        Lord help this broken soul be thankful for the sorrows. Lord help this doubting mind be humbled by the grace given. Continue to pour out your joy over the sin I have discovered and in the sanctification you are working. Give this heart new life, your life. I am yours.

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