Douglas Wilson posed a simple and profound thought this week while expositing Psalm 90. “Make us glad in the days of our affliction” (v.15). If you have different thoughts I am interested to hear them, but I find this wonderfully helpful.

Make us glad in the days of our affliction” means that there are only two things that can happen to you. Only two things: pleasant blessings and hard blessings. Those are the only two things that can happen. If you love God, are called according to His purposes, you have before you pleasant blessings and hard blessings and nothing else. The lesson is, “How do I learn how to see the hard blessing as a blessing at all?”