Two quotes from In the Arena by Isobel Kuhn:
“Struggles in life do not necessarily make us stronger Chrsitians. Many victories do not make a stronger Christian. It does give us an experience of Christ’s ability to help us, so the next time it is easier to trust Him. But it is fatal to think that we have become strong.
Struggles don’t make us stronger or better Christians but they do make us richer Christians. Rich in our inner fellowship with Him. Rich in our confidence that He will be our Rock and our Deliverer in the future. Rich in the relaxation of the little child who leans back on his father’s breast, confident, secure, and satisfied.”
“Now that you have read of the wonderful things the Lord did for me, I fear lest some might casually think that I myself must have been a wonderful Christian to be worthy of such blessings. I must hasten to correct this easy error. I was *not* a wonderful Christian, but very much ‘of the earth, earthy’.
God’s blessings are not reserved for those who are worthy; they are lavishly poured out on very unworthy ones, upon those who in their innermost souls are reaching out for Him…we do not receive His blessings then because we deserve them, but only when we obey His tender injunction, “Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.”
Let us give thanks to the Lord for His mercy
and the wonders He does for His children.
For He satisfies the thirsty
and fills the hungry with good things.