An Insulting Invitation

It is an insult to-day to tell some men and women to cheer up. One of the most shallow petty things that can be said is that “every cloud has a silver lining.” There are some clouds that are black all through. At the wall of the world stands God with His arms outstretched; and when a man or woman is driven there, the consolations of Jesus Christ are given. Through the agonies in human life we do not make Redemption, but we see why it was necessary for God to make it. It is not necessary for every man to go through these agonies, but it takes a time of agony to get the shallow scepticism knocked out of us. It is a good thing to be reverent with what we do not understand.

Oswald Chambers, The Shadow of an Agony (London: Marshall, Morgan & Scott, 1996).

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