“We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;”—2 Corinthians 4:8

“Everything was going great for me until I claimed Christ as my Savior—and then all Hell broke loose!”

How many times has this sentiment been echoed through the ages and around the world!

One of the most terrifying aspects of having a Biblical world view is looking at  things from an eternal perspective, and realizing that most of the people around us

who seem to be perfectly settled in their lives—a good living, comfortable lifestyle, no major difficulties in their  lives

and basically ‘good’ people—are headed straight to Hell.

“Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”—Matthew 7:14

God allows Satan to afflict His children, and if anyone doubts it for a minute, look at the book of Job and review your own life since you became a follower of Jesus.

Very often the affliction is just an old-fashioned trip to the woodshed—our loving Father applying the rod of correction in response

to our sins of commission and omission.

But sometimes—just when your spiritual life seems to be soaring to heights unobtainable by mere mortals—it all comes crashing down. Why?

God is still God, on His throne, approachable through the Lord Jesus to be sure—but all that happens to the believer goes through the Throne Room first—and it

will take eternity to understand the love behind that thing that was sent our way and crushed us like a grape.

“Why did God take my wife? She was only 43!”

“Why God did you give us a full-term stillborn?”

Why Lord did you send this disease my way that took me out of the workforce?”

The best wine—the new wine—comes from the grape that has been freshly crushed.

And that is what God does to His saints—His puts them in His holy winepress to separate the essence that others might taste that truly—the Lord is good.

Our reflection for today: how am I responding to the refining fire sent by the Lord?

Would you like to learn how you can have eternal life?