And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.—Hebrews 11:39-40
Then there is the matter of constant consolation and peace—the promise of always feeling relaxed and at rest and enjoying ourselves inwardly.
This, I say, has been held up as being quite the proper goal to be sought in the evil hour in which we live. We forget that our Lord was a man of sorrow and acquainted with grief. We forget the arrows of grief and pain which went through the heart of Jesus' mother, Mary. We forget that all of the apostles except John died a martyr's death. We forget that there were 13 million Christians slain during the first two generations of the Christian era. We forget that they languished in prison, that they were starved, were thrown over cliffs, were fed to the lions, were drowned, that they were sewn in sacks and thrown into the ocean....
There was much distress, many heartaches, painful bruises, flowing tears, much loss and many deaths.
But there is something better than being comfortable, and the followers of Christ ought to find it out-the poor, soft, overstuffed Christians of our time ought to find it out! There is something better than being comfortable!
We Protestants have forgotten altogether that there is such a thing as discipline and suffering. Who Put Jesus on the Cross? pp. 17-19
"Forgive me for complaining, Lord, about the few trials I've experienced. I've suffered nothing like the former saints-yet I so easily forget that and chafe at the discipline and suffering. Forgive me. Amen."