Psa. 11:5 π Psa. 66:12 π Psa. 115:3 π Psa. 119:73 π Mt. 20:15 π Rom. 5:3-4 π 1 Cor. 10:13 π Jas. 1:2
“...We glory in tribulation also; knowing that tribulation works patience, and patience experience, and experience hope (steadfastness).” ( Rom. 5:3-4; top )
There is no easy way to gain Christian maturity. “The Lord tries the righteous” ( Psa. 11:5 ) is not to be feared; doesn’t the potter have the power over the clay for the good of the clay? God takes every unholy situation we experience and makes it work for good for us and it also eventually glorifies the Lord through our maturity; we are never tried more than we can handle. ( 1 Cor. 10:13; top )
So, James says, “count it all joy,” ( Jas. 1:2; top ), because we gain maturity, patience and the experience of gaining a victory over a situation that no human panacea could solve. It is a way of bringing God’s unconditional love and mercy into a permanent spiritual experience for us that will benefit us forever.
What we go through becomes an experience that provides another plank on the bridge over troubled waters for future use for ourselves and others.
We are being groomed to bring forth fruit to perfection for these end times.
“Your hands have made me, cunningly fashioned and established me...” ( Psa. 119:73 Amp.; top)
Whatever we experientially go through in our Christian walk will give us Godly compassion for our brother’s walk through the same deep waters later on. When we get an army of these kind of brothers, look out!
“You have caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water, but You brought us out to rich fulfillment.” ( Psa. 66:12; top )
Are we totally convinced that God knows what He is doing?
Joseph spent many years in prison on a set-up charge, however his enduring experience, without anxiousness on his part, became a plank over these prison waters that provoked the king to loose him and gave Joseph complete control over all the king’s substance, a ruler of all the king’s house, and further asked Joseph to teach his senators and elders wisdom that no man could give.
“But our God is in the heavens, He has done whatever He has pleased.” ( Psa. 115:3; top )
Who has resisted the will of Almighty God?
“Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with my own?” ( Mt. 20:15; top )
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