I bear willing witness that I owe more to the fire, and the hammer, and the file, than to anything else in my Lord’s workshop. I sometimes question whether I have ever learned anything except through the rod. When my schoolroom is darkened, I see most. —Charles Spurgeon
1 Peter 1:6-7, 10 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. “And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities,That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
The weaker we are the stronger His grace is revealed, Or to put it another way, “When this little light of mine becomes dimmer, His great floodlight shines all the more brightly." Pain offers us great wealth. When life wounds us and we are in deep pain, we instinctively cry out to God. Life is difficult and difficulty is the only path to wisdom. Pain draws us to God’s Word.—David Jeremiah.
Tried for a season, pure for eternity, Warren Wiersbe.