PROVING WHO YOU ARE

HISTORY & WRITINGS Patriarch and Presiding Prelate

Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

“And he cried unto the Lord; and the Lord shewed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them,” (Exodus 15:25).

I read about how steel is made and one day I hope to see the operations. Today I am going to put a man’s record to my test and you can apply it to you also.  I a steel manufacturing plant there are lots of little partitions and compartments. Where steel is tested to the limit and marked with figures that showed its breaking point. Some pieces are twisted until they broke, and the strength of torsion is marked on them. Some are stretched to the breaking point and their tensile strength indicated. Some had been compressed to the crushing point and also marked. The master of the steel mill knew just what these pieces of steel would stand under strain. He knew just what they would bear when placed in the great ship, building, or bridge. He knew this because his testing room revealed it.

It is often so with God’s children. God does not want us to be like vases of glass or porcelain. He would have us like these toughened pieces of steel, able to bear twisting and crushing to the uttermost without collapse.

He wants us to be, not hothouse plants, but storm-beaten oaks; not sand dunes which are driven with every gust of wind, but granite rocks withstanding the fiercest storms. To make us such He must bring us into His testing room of suffering. Many of us need no other argument than our own experiences to prove that suffering is indeed God’s testing room of faith.

It is very easy for us to speak and theorize about faith, but God often casts us into crucibles to try our gold, and to separate it from the dross and alloy. Oh, happy are we if the hurricanes that ripple life’s unquiet sea have the effect of making Jesus more precious. Better the storm with Christ than smooth waters without Him.

What if God could not manage to ripen your life without suffering?

Whatever the situation God is bringing us through the fire and definitely through the blood. I pray that your hearts will be opened to receive of Him this morning and God bless you richly.

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