June 25 Receiving One’s Self In The
Fires Of Sorrow
“What shall I say? Father, save me, from this hour?
But for this cause came I unto this hour. Father, glorify Thy name.” John
My attitude as a saint to sorrow and difficulty is not to ask that they
may be prevented, but to ask that I may preserve the self God created me to be
through every fire of sorrow. Our Lord received Himself in the fire of sorrow,
He was saved not from the hour, but out of the hour.
We say that there ought to be no sorrow, but there is sorrow, and we
have to receive ourselves in its fires. If we try and evade sorrow, refuse to
lay our account with it, we are foolish. Sorrow is one of the biggest facts in
life; it is no use saying sorrow ought not to be. Sin and sorrow and suffering
are, and it is not for us to say that God has made a mistake in allowing them.
Sorrow burns up a great amount of shallowness, but it does not always
make a man better. Suffering either gives me my self or it destroys my self.
You cannot receive your self in success, you lose your head; you cannot receive
your self in monotony, you grouse. The way to find yourself is in the fires of
sorrow. Why it should be so is another matter, but that it is so is true in the
Scriptures and in human experience. You always know the man who has been
through the fires of sorrow and received himself, you are certain you can go to
him in trouble and find that he has ample leisure for you. If a man has not
been through the fires of sorrow, he is apt to be contemptuous, he has no time
for you. If you receive yourself in the fires of sorrow, God will make you
nourishment for other people.