Hope in the Extraordinary


"Extraordinary afflictions are not always the punishment of extraordinary sins, but sometimes the trial of extraordinary graces." ~Robert Leighton


Luke 4:[1] And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,
[2] Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.


John 11:[33] When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled,
[34] And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see.
[35] Jesus wept.
[36] Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!


Jesus, being the very Son of God, still knew temptation and hunger. 

In spite of His deity, He still cried tears of grief. 

Our dark days are not proof of deep sin.

They are proof that God is working in us, changing us, molding us, to make us more like His dear Son.


"God hath many sharp-cutting instruments, and rough files for the polishing of His jewels; and those He especially loves, and means to make the most resplendent, He hath oftenest his tool upon." ~Robert Leighton