we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

…we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. Acts 14:22

God’s people have their trials. It was never designed by God, when He
chose His people, that they should be an untried people. They were
chosen in the furnace of affliction; they were never chosen to worldly
peace and earthly joy. Freedom from sickness and the pains of mortality
was never promised them; but when their Lord drew up the charter of
privileges, He included chastisements amongst the things to which they
should inevitably be heirs. Trials are a part of our lot; they were
predestinated for us in Christ’s last legacy. So surely as the stars are
fashioned by his hands, and their orbits fixed by Him, so surely are our
trials allotted to us: He has ordained their season and their place, their
intensity and the effect they shall have upon us. Good men must never
expect to escape troubles; if they do, they will be disappointed, for none
of their predecessors have been without them. Mark the patience of Job;
remember Abraham, for he had his trials, and by his faith under them, he
became the “Father of the faithful.” Note well the biographies of all the
patriarchs, prophets, apostles, and martyrs, and you shall discover none of
those whom God made vessels of mercy, who were not made to pass
through the fire of affliction. It is ordained of old that the cross of trouble
should be engraved on every vessel of mercy, as the royal mark whereby
the King’s vessels of honour are distinguished. But although tribulation is
thus the path of God’s children, they have the comfort of knowing that
their Master has traversed it before them; they have His presence and
sympathy to cheer them, His grace to support them, and His example to
teach them how to endure; and when they reach “the kingdom,” it will
more than make amends for the “much tribulation” through which they
passed to enter it.

Devotional by Charles Spurgeon

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