Wherever the nettle grows, beside it grows the dock-leaf; and wherever there is severe trial, there is, somewhere at hand, a sufficient store of comfort, though our eyes, like Hagar's, are often blinded by our trials, that we cannot see it. But it is as sure as the faithfulness of God. "I never had," says Bunyon, writing of his twelve years' imprisonment, "in all my life, so great an insight into the Word of God as now; insomuch that I have often said, Were it lawful, I could pray for greater trouble, for the greater comforts' sake." God cannot forget his child. He cannot leave us to suffer, unsuccoured and alone. He runs to meet the prodigal; but He rides on a cherub, and He flies on the wings of the wind to the sinking disciple.
It will come proportionately. Thy Father holds a pair of scales. This on the right is called As, and is for thine afflictions; this on the left is called So, and is for thy comforts. And the beam is always kept level. The more thy trial, the more thy comfort. As the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth through Christ.
It will come Divinely."