It was good for me to suffer, so that I might learn your statutes. — Ps 119:71 NET
Although he was a son, he learned obedience through the things he suffered.—We suffer with him so we may also be glorified with him. For I consider that our present sufferings cannot even be compared to the glory that will be revealed to us.
“But he knows the pathway that I take; if he tested me, I would come forth like gold. My feet have followed his steps closely; I have kept to his way and have not turned aside.”
“Remember the whole way by which he has brought you these forty years through the desert so that he might, by humbling you, test you to see if you have it within you to keep his commandments or not…. Be keenly aware that just as a parent disciplines his child, the Lord your God disciplines you. So you must keep his commandments, live according to his standards, and revere him.”
Heb 5:8, Rom 8:17-18, Job 23:10-11, Deut 8:2, Deut 8:5-6
It is not by one’s own strength that one prevails. — 1 Sam 2:9 NET
But David replied to the Philistine, “You are coming against me with sword and spear and javelin. But I am coming against you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel’s armies, whom you have defied!”… David reached his hand into the bag and took out a stone. He slung it…. David prevailed over the Philistine with just the sling and the stone.
No king is delivered by his vast army; a warrior is not saved by his great might…. Look, the Lord takes notice of his loyal followers, those who wait for him to demonstrate his faithfulness.—You are the source of wealth and honor; you rule over all. You possess strength and might to magnify and give strength to all.
I will boast most gladly about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may reside in me. Therefore I am content with weaknesses, with insults, with troubles, with persecutions and difficulties for the sake of Christ, for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.
1 Sam 17:45, 1 Sam 17:49-50, Ps 33:16, Ps 33:18, 1 Chr 29:12, 2 Cor 12:9-10
Daily Light on the Daily Path - December 5
Public domain content taken from Daily Light on the Daily Path by Samuel Bagster.