HH Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“But He knows the way that I take; When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.” (Job 23:10).
Faith grows amid storms”–just four words, but oh, how full of import to the soul who has been in the storms!
Faith is that God-given faculty which, when exercised, brings the unseen into plain view, and by which the impossible things are made possible. It deals with supernaturals.
But it “grows amid storms”; that is, where there are disturbances in the spiritual atmosphere. Storms are caused by the conflicts of elements, and the storms of the spiritual world are conflicts with hostile elements.
In such an atmosphere faith finds its most productive soil; in such an element it comes more quickly to full fruition.
The staunchest tree is not found in the shelter of the forest, but out in the open where the winds from every quarter beat upon it, and bend and twist it until it becomes a giant in stature this is the tree which the mechanic wants his tools made of, and the wagon-maker seeks.
So in the spiritual world, when you see a giant, remember the road you must travel to come up to his side is not along the sunny lane where wildflowers ever bloom; but a steep, rocky, narrow pathway where the blasts of hell will almost blow you off your feet; where the sharp rocks cut the flesh, where the projecting thorns scratch the brow, and the venomous beasts hiss on every side.
The path where you are tested and tried from within and without. Where you are dragged into the latest scandal, the latest gossip and the arrows darting at you from your brothers and sisters who worship with you. Persecutions from those you laid hands on and some that don’t know you or ever met you along the way. These are storms to test and try your faith to make you stronger and firm. Count them a privilege for only a few can make it thus far to see the glory of the forest.
It is a pathway of sorrow and joy, of suffering and healing balm, of tears and smiles, of trials and victories, of conflicts and triumphs, of hardships and perils and buffetings, of persecutions and misunderstandings, of troubles and distress; through all of which we are made more than conquerors through Him who loves us.
“Amid storms.” Right in the middle where it is fiercest. You may shrink back from the ordeal of a fierce storm of trial…but go in! God is there to meet you in the center of all your trials, and to whisper His secrets which will make you come forth with a shining face and an indomitable faith that all the demons of hell shall never afterwards cause to waver.
These are your strengths and you have to face the battle of trials without fear of man for God is on your side. At the end of the journey, you will stand out victorious with a testimony like Paul, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7
May Almighty God bless and keep us. AMEN