Thursday, August 28, 2008

More than a vase made of glass....

"There he proved them." Exodus 15:25

"I stood once in the test room of a great steel mill. All around me were little partitions and compartments. Steel had been tested to the limit and marked with figures that showed it's breaking point....

...God does not want us to be like vases of glass or porcelain. He would have us like..toughened pieces of steel, able to bear twisting and crushing to the uttermost without collapse.

He wants us to be, not hothouse plants, but storm-beaten oaks; not sand dunes driven with every gust of wind, but granite rocks withstanding the fiercest storms. To make us such He must needs bring us into His testing room of suffering.

Many of us need no other argument than our own experiences to prove that suffering is indeed God's testing room of faith." -J.H. McC.

"It is very easy for us to speak and theorize about faith, but God often casts us into crucibles to try our gold, and to separate it from the dross and alloy. Oh, happy are we if the hurricanes that ripple life's unquiet sea have the effect of making Jesus more precious. Better the storm with Christ than smooth waters without him." -Macduff

What if God could not manage to ripen your life without suffering?

-Taken from, Streams In the Desert, Mrs. Charles E. Cowman

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