“For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.”
I was watching a few television sermons several days ago. The one thing that stood out was that it was very positive and motivational. This is very good and important but stories of Joseph and his rise and the verse in Jeremiah 2...
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And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Talk is very cheap until we face difficult times and have to live through trials and tribulation. The first question that comes to mind is “Why me?” I wish I had the answer to why things happen to us as believers, but I don't. There is one thing I do know; our lives are dispensable and we are here for God's greater purpose. Trusting God is easy, but dealing with our challenges is tough. We have to hold on to the full assurance that God is with us in the midst of every trial. He will bring us through even though there might be scars.
M.R. DeHaan wrote that a bar of steel worth $5, when made into ordinary horseshoes, is then worth $10. If this same $5 bar is manufactured into needles, the value rises to $350. And yet if it's made into delicate springs for expensive watches, it is worth $250,000. The same bar of steel is made more valuable by being passed through one blast furnace after another, again and again, hammered and manipulated, beaten and pounded, finished and polished until its ready for those delicate tasks.
Prayer: Heavenly Father may I persevere through trials and be more useful to Your purpose in my life.
By Rev. Kenneth Claassen