(John MacDuff, "The Faithful Promiser")
"Wherein you greatly rejoice, though now
for a season, if need be, you are in heaviness
through many trials." 1 Peter 1:6
"If need be!" Three gracious words!
Not one of all my tears has been shed for nothing!
Not one stroke of the rod has been unneeded,
or that might have been spared!
Your heavenly Father loves you too much,
and too tenderly, to bestow harsher correction
than your case requires!
Is it loss of health, or loss of wealth, or loss of
beloved friends? Be still! there was a needs be!
We are no judges of what that "needs be" is;
often through aching hearts we are forced to
exclaim, "Your judgments are a great deep!"
But God here pledges Himself, that there will
not be one unnecessary thorn in the believer's
crown of suffering!
No burden too heavy will be laid on him.
No sacrifice too great exacted from him.
God will "temper the wind to the shorn lamb."
Whenever the "need be" has accomplished its end, then . . .
the rod is removed;
the chastisement suspended;
the furnace quenched.
"If need be!" Oh! what a pillow on which to
your aching head! that there is not a drop in all
your bitter cup but what a God of love saw to be
Will you not trust His heart, even though you
cannot trace the mystery of His dealings?
Do not be too curious to prying into the "Why it is?"
or "How it is?" but satisfied that "So it is," and,
therefore, that all must be well!