Rejoicing in Tribulation

Many of us, even when bowed beneath a burden of sin, sickness, or sorrow, have been bidden to rejoice. Not a few of us have failed to do so, thinking that happiness could not be found in the midst of trial. Yet Paul, the mighty apostle, who himself endured great tribulation, reminded his hearers that they must rejoice.

Let us look closely at the word "tribulation." We find that it is derived from the Latin tribulum, meaning "a sledge for rubbing out corn." Hitherto tribulation may have seemed to be an extraneous, hard experience which had been thrust upon us and which we would rather have done without; now we may see in the overcoming of it necessary steps in our progress.

"Life most sweet"
January 31, 1931

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