An antique song has a lyric that says, “If it wasn’t for our problem, we wouldn’t know that God could solve them.”
Charles Spurgeon explains:
I believe the hard heartest, most cross grained and most unloving Christians in all the world are those who have not had much trouble in their life. And those that are the most sympathizing, loving and Christlike are generally those who have the most affliction.
“The worse thing that can happen to any of us is to have a path made too smooth. One of the greatest blessings the Lord ever gave us was a cross.”