PSALMS 73
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14 For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning.

15 If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children.

16 When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;

17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.

So we must not say that because God is a sun and a shield to those who walk uprightly, nothing but prosperity will be their lot. True blessing may require them to be put through sharp adversity. Every case must be judged by its issue. A man flourishing in this life to the loss of life eternal, is not blessed.

If in order to guide a man into the kingdom of God a crooked path is needed, then God shows Himself a sun and shield in twisting his path for him: a sun in shining upon him unto life; a shield in fencing him from those circumstances that would be fatal to his steps.

This is a most important discrimination. Apart from it, many mistakes will be made...

It is very natural to argue that prosperity is an evidence of Divine favour and adversity the reverse; but it is often far from correct.

God does sometimes prosper the righteous, as in the case of Joseph in Egypt; and, in the final sense, there is nothing but prosperity in reserve for Joseph's class, and nothing but adversity and ruin for the accursed of God; but in the present provisional and preliminary state, trouble is more frequently the portion of the chosen of God than the reverse - the explanation being that trouble is a necessary part of the process by which they are developed for the endless ages of blessedness to come after.

Bro Roberts - God a Sun and Shield



25 Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.

Have an intimate relationship with God. You will not then need anyone else. Other relationships and companionships -- based on, and in harmony with, that primary one -- are desirable and helpful and enjoyable, but not essential.

This one relationship is vital and indispensable. All others are secondary, and, if necessary, dispensable

Brother Growcott