Saturday, August 18, 2012

Faith Through Trials...

“After that ye have suffered awhile, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.”  1 Peter 5:10

Here Charles Spurgeon gives such a beautiful picture of faith... a faith that can help us to remember all that we have had done for us...  a faith that can help us grow in His perfect likeness... a faith that will build trust...
    "May your faith be no “baseless fabric of a vision,” but may it be builded of material able to endure that awful fire which shall consume the wood, hay, and stubble of the hypocrite. May you be rooted and grounded in love. May your convictions be deep, your love real, your desires earnest. May your whole life be so settled and established, that all the blasts of hell, and all the storms of earth shall never be able to remove you. But notice how this blessing of being “stablished in the faith” is gained. The apostle’s words point us to suffering as the means employed-”After that ye have suffered awhile.” It is of no use to hope that we shall be well rooted if no rough winds pass over us. Those old gnarlings on the root of the oak tree, and those strange twistings of the branches, all tell of the many storms that have swept over it, and they are also indicators of the depth into which the roots have forced their way. So the Christian is made strong, and firmly rooted by all the trials and storms of life. Shrink not then from the tempestuous winds of trial, but take comfort, believing that by their rough discipline God is fulfilling this benediction to you."  Charles Spurgeon

Yes, we all face storms in our lives and they are of course testings that will allow us to grow.  Although too often we look at the storms alone and forget the beauty of life.  Life is filled with sunshine and rainbow's always come after the storms... Those big beautiful rainbows... the promise behind them.   God is good... and life will be as good as we allow it to be... perspective!

Psa 103:8  The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.

Until next time,

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