Our trials and tribulations in life come not to destroy us, but to make us strong…
J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)
The Christian can even welcome trouble
2-8 When all kinds of trials and temptations crowd into your lives my brothers, don’t resent them as intruders, but welcome them as friends!
Realise that they come to test your faith and to produce in you the quality of endurance.
But let the process go on until that endurance is fully developed, and you will find you have become men of mature character with the right sort of independence.
And if, in the process, any of you does not know how to meet any particular problem he has only to ask God—who gives generously to all men without making them feel foolish or guilty—and he may be quite sure that the necessary wisdom will be given him.
But he must ask in sincere faith without secret doubts as to whether he really wants God’s help or not.
The man who trusts God, but with inward reservations, is like a wave of the sea, carried forward by the wind one moment and driven back the next. That sort of man cannot hope to receive anything from God, and the life of a man of divided loyalty will reveal instability at every turn.
“I’ve had many tears and sorrows,
I’ve had questions for tomorrow,
there’s been times I didn’t know right from wrong.
But in every situation,
God gave me blessed consolation,
that my trials come to only make me strong.” (by Andre Crouch)
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Monday, July 26
The Winning Walk
by Dr Ed Young
A GREEN LEAF IN DROUGHT TIME
In the book A Green Leaf in Drought Time, Andrew Murray had some fine advice for those undergoing persecution.
He gave them four words of counsel.
First, he said, “You are in this straight place by Divine appointment.”
Second, he said, “You are here in His keeping.
He will keep you by His grace and love in this situation.”
Third, Murray said,
“You are here for His training and discipline. God wants to stretch you, to build you up, and He has brought you to this trial to test you by fire.”
Finally, he said,
“You are here in His time. You don’t know how long you’ll be here, or what your future will hold, but this is where God wants you now.”
What if you and I approached every trial we face with these precepts in mind?
What if we viewed every hardship as His perfect plan for us?
Murray also said,
“If there were any circumstance better for you than the one in which you find yourself, Divine Love would have placed you there.”
That gives our trials a whole new meaning, doesn’t it? If you are experiencing a time of difficulty right now, ask God to give you wisdom to see your situation the way He sees it.
His aim is that you and I grow up.
Trials are our ticket out of complacency and mediocrity.
When we struggle, we grow. Like Job, we can be certain that the outcome of our pain will be a stronger, purer faith.
But He knows the way I take; when He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
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