HH Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“And Jacob their father said unto them, Me have ye bereaved of my children: Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, and ye will take Benjamin away: all these things are against me.” (Genesis 42:36).
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28).
Many people are wanting power. Now how is power produced? How do we get power? The other day I was the railway where the great works that propel the engines of the trains are supplied with electricity. We heard the hum and roar of the countless wheels, and I asked my friend,
“How do they make the power?”
“Why,” he said, “just by the revolution of those wheels and the friction they produce. The rubbing creates the electric current.” Ah, I said. That is a great lesson about how God works with us. He looked me in the eyes and said: “there is your answer”.
And so, when God wants to bring more power into your life, He brings more pressure. He is generating spiritual force by hard rubbing. Some do not like it and try to run away from the pressure, instead of getting the power and using it to rise above the painful causes. Some go back to the things of the world and blame the church or a brother or sister for their walking away. The real answer is that they are afraid of the pressure from God or they simply do not understand what is taking place in their lives.
The opposition is essential to a true equilibrium of forces. The centripetal and centrifugal forces acting in opposition to each other keep our planet in her orbit. The one propelling, and the other repelling, so act and react, that instead of sweeping off into space in a pathway of desolation, she pursues her even orbit around her solar centre.
So God guides our lives. It is not enough to have an impelling force–we need just as much a repelling force, and so He holds us back by the testing ordeals of life, by the pressure of temptation and trial, by the things that seem against us, but really are furthering our way and establishing our goings.
Let us thank Him for both, let us take the weights as well as the wings, and thus divinely impelled, let us press on with faith and patience in our high and heavenly calling.