God’s school of testing is tough to go through, but it’s the way He chooses to mature you.
The finest china in the world is burned at least three times, some of it more than three times. Dresden china is always burned three times. Why does it go through that intense fire? Once ought to be enough; twice ought to be enough. No, three times are necessary to burn that china so that the gold and the crimson are brought out more beautiful and then fastened there to stay.
We are fashioned after the same principle in human life. Our trials are burned into us once, twice, thrice; and by God’s grace these beautiful colors are there and they are there to stay forever.
Trials and tests can be tough, and most of the time we try to do everything possible to avoid them. But until you have faced adversity and overcome it, you will never know the immense strength God will provide to accomplish something you never thought possible.
I didn’t understand tests when I was younger. I looked at them as a problem that caused much stress and chaos in my life until I could figure out a way to solve it or get past it. I usually hoped it would just finally go away so I could get back to my safe, comfortable, and even-keel life.
I didn’t realize that tests were valuable for growth and maturity. But if you never have a problem, you will never see the value of running to God for help, strength, and consolation when you need it most.
BECAUSE of God’s immense love for me, He sends tests to help me grow and mature into a strong person He can use in whatever way He desires.
I have always known that God would give strength when I needed it most. I just didn’t realize how much supernatural strength He had given me in a particular situation until the Holy Spirit showed me in a very dramatic way after the test was over. That moment totally changed my thinking about tests and trials.
The Holy Spirit revealed to me that as long as I am doing the things that God desires, He will give me all the supernatural strength I need for as long as it takes. But when I decide to step out on my own and handle things, I don’t have that supernatural strength from God. It is then that I quickly fall and get beat up by Satan, who is always stronger than me without the Power of God working in and through me.
That is why God wants you to put Him first in every area of your life. Even if He tells you to do something hard, He WILL give you the supernatural strength you need ALL DAY EVERY DAY to carry out His Plan.We get off track when we think this life is all about us and what we desire to do with the short amount of time we will live here. What is 75-80 years here on earth compared to an eternity of forever and ever in the presence of God?
Do you really want to serve a God that you can order around and force Him to do what you desire? That would be a pitiful and powerless God. He is All-Powerful, Omniscient, Omnipresent, and has already defeated Satan.
The next time a hard test comes your way, remember that it’s God’s Way of stretching, growing, and maturing you to be a powerful Christian He can work through to accomplish what HE desires.
It’s NOT ABOUT YOU and what you desire, it’s ALL ABOUT GOD AND WHAT HE DESIRES for your life!
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This post written by Cathy Deaton.
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