Sunday, June 25, 2017

Tried & Purified

When He has tested me, I will come forth as gold.

Job was overwhelmed after losing his livelihood, his health and his family. Worse still, although Job had been a daily worshipper of God, he felt that the Lord was ignoring his pleas for help. God seemed absent from the landscape of his life. Job claimed he could not see God whether he looked to the north, south, east or west.

In the middle of his despair, Job had a moment of clarity. His faith flickered to life like a candle in a dark room. He said – God knows the way I take. Christians are tried and purified when God uses difficulty to burn away our self-reliance, pride & earthly wisdom. If it seems as if God is silent during this process and He is not answering our cries for help, He may be giving us an opportunity to grow stronger in our faith.

Pain and problems can produce the shining, rock-solid character that comes from trusting God when life is hard.

Dear Lord, help me to believe that You are with me, even when I can’t see You working in my life.

Faith-testing times can be faith-strengthening times.

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