I’ve slowly been realizing that being able to go through difficult times and continue to act like a child of God is a sign of spiritual maturity.
Only rebel not against the Lord, neither fear ye the people of the land: for they are bread for us. Numbers 14:9
“The trials confronting us on the way to full enjoyment of our inheritance in Christ may be quite as gigantic as were some of the Canaanites, but God intends to use them for our increase. Faith sees them as its food. If we but knew it, we thrive and grow on difficulties. But the reverse is also true. The ten spies reported in dismay that Canaan was “a land which eatheth up the inhabitants thereof” (13:32). Abandon your faith in God and turn away from the problem and you put yourself in a position to be swallowed up by what was meant for your growth. Many of us dodge difficulties. We walk round the issue seeking an easy way out. We shelve the question instead of confronting it squarely. We will not face what is involved in that hazardous Jordan crossing and the terrors we apprehend just beyond. Oh, yes, we escape the trials; but we starve!
Food is our life, but we cannot get it by a spiritual holiday. Let us miss no opportunity to prove the Lord. The foe may trouble us, but that way lies nourishment and spiritual enlargement.” Watchman Nee – A Table in the Wilderness
What trial are you facing today? What is a trial for me might not necessarily be a trial for you, but each of us will face our share of trials. Have you ever gotten through one trial only to find another quickly approaching? A similar one? I’ve discovered that the Lord will often allow me to face similar trials over and over until I learn all He has for me in them.
Finding Joy in the Journey,