“To learn strong faith is to endure great trials. I have learned my faith by standing firm amid great testings.” –George Mueller
As a Potter on the wheel, God often uses trials in our lives to mold us and shape us into what we ought to be. It is through affliction, hardship, suffering, and pain that God can trim us into vessels of honor. Henry Ward Beecher said, “We are always on the anvil; by trials God is shaping us for higher things.” The prince of preachers, Charles Spurgeon said it like this, “Fiery trials make golden Christians.” Perhaps Job said it best, “But he knoweth the way that I take; when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold” (Job 23:10).
I repeat: God often uses trials in our lives to mold us and shape us into what we ought to be. But have you ever considered the flip side of trials? Many times, God will use a trial to prevent us from becoming something we should not be!
For example, the apostle Paul testified that had it not been for his thorn, he would have been “exalted above measure” (2 Corinthians 12). Or literally, “I would have become something I should not have been without my trial.” Arrogance, pride, and conceit would have been Paul’s downfall had not God given His preacher the thorny trial.
The next time you face adversity, realize a sobering truth: God may be preventing you from becoming something you should not be!
Daily Reading: I Kings 16-18
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