Saturday, October 17, 2020

Babcock: the real peril

Saturday, October 17, 2020
    Feast of Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch, Martyr, c.107
    For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
    —2 Corinthians 4:17 (NIV)
    The tests of life are to make, not break us. Trouble may demolish a man’s business but build up his character. The blow at the outward man may be the greatest blessing to the inner man. If God, then, puts or permits anything hard in our lives, be sure that the real peril, the real trouble, is that we shall lose if we flinch or rebel.
    ... Maltbie D. Babcock (1858-1901), Thoughts for Every-day Living, New York: C. Scribner’s sons, 1901, p. 2 (see the book)
    See also 2 Cor. 4:17; Matt. 5:11-12; John 16:33; Rom. 5:3-5; 8:18; Phil. 1:18-19; Heb. 12:10-11; Jas. 1:2-4
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, teach me to hold fast to Your word.
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