Oh! what a pillow on which to rest your aching head!

1 Peter 1:6, “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials”

JP: This was a blessing to me today and I pass it on for you to be blessed as well. Relates to our study of 1st Peter. The image above is entitled “Weary” © Paul Perich. More information on the artist may be found here.

Oh! what a pillow on which to rest your aching head! (John MacDuff, “The Faithful Promiser”)

“If need be!” 1 Peter 1:6

Three gracious words!

Not one of all my tears has been shed for nothing! Not one stroke of the rod has been unneeded–or might have been spared! Your heavenly Father loves you too much, and too tenderly–to bestow harsher correction than your case requires!

Is it loss of health–or loss of wealth–or loss of beloved friends? Be still! there was a needs be! We are no competent judges of what that “needs be” is; often through aching hearts we are forced to exclaim, “Your judgments are a great mystery!” But God here pledges Himself, that there will not be one unnecessary thorn in the believer’s crown of suffering. No burden too heavy will be laid on him; and no sacrifice too great will be exacted from him. God will “temper the wind–to the shorn lamb.”

Whenever the “need be” has accomplished its end–then the rod is removed, the chastisement suspended, and the furnace quenched!

“If need be!” Oh! what a pillow on which to rest your aching head–that there is not one drop in all your bitter cup–but what a God of love saw to be absolutely necessary!

Do not too curiously be prying into the “WHY it is?” or “HOW it is?” But be satisfied that “SO it is,” and, therefore, that all must be well!

Trust His loving heart–even though you cannot trace His mysterious hand!

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