Saturday, August 28, 2010

Testing

There he tested them. Exodus 15:25

I absolutely LOVE my Streams in the Desert Devotional.  It has renewed my faith and given me so much hope for the future.  Enjoy part of my reading from today...

God does not want us to be like greenhouse plants, which are sheltered from rough weather, but like storm-beaten oaks; not like sand dunes that are driven back and forth by every gust of wind but like granite mountains that withstand the fiercest storms.  Yet to accomplish this, He must take us into His testing room of suffering.  And 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. M.

It is quite easy for us to talk and to theorize about faith, but God often puts us into His crucible of affliction to test the purity of our gold and to separate the dross from the metal.  How happy we are if the hurricanes that blow across life's raging sea have the effect of making Jesus more precious to us!  It is better to weather the storm with Christ than to sail smooth waters without Him.  J.R. Macduff
(Streams in the Desert)

Hope everyone had a great Saturday!  I sure did...boating (including lots of sun) + Beltline Bar = a pretty good day!

aren't we lovely...

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