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"No Pain, No Gain" continued...

I once heard a pastor say, “Don’t waste your trials.” What a profound, albeit strange statement! We usually see trials as a nuisance and want them to be over as soon as possible. How would it be, though, if we viewed them as beneficial, as spiritual “growing pains”? What would our lives be like if we stopped squirming when a test comes along and allowed God to use it to help us grow more like Him? Paul reminds us in Romans 8:28, “that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose.”

How about when we fail? Can God still use our failures? Yes! Hebrews 12:5-7 tells us “5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: 6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. 7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?” The writer goes on to say in verse 11 “Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.” Is punishment pleasant to us? No, but thankfully, it is beneficial to us. If our Father never corrected us, we would not mature, and we would suffer far more as we continually fell into sin. A child does not like to be punished when he disobeys his parents, but if the parents did not correct their child, they would be doing him more harm than good. That child would grow up to be spoiled and selfish; a menace to himself and others.

Let me give you another example from the physical realm. When I was a little girl, about three or four years old, I was having a grand old time bouncing on my parents’ bed, even though I had been told not to. My fun came to an abrupt and unfortunate end when I bounced right off the bed and landed on my arm. X-rays revealed that it was fractured. The orthopedic doctor “set” my arm so that it would heal properly. It hurt so badly, but it had to be done. When a broken bone heals, it is stronger than it was before. The same can be true when we disobey our Heavenly Father. If we learn from our failure and allow God to correct us, we will grow stronger spiritually.

So, be encouraged when you are enduring trials. Remember the words that Jesus spoke to Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” Paul goes on to say in the same verse, “Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” When we suffer tribulation, we can take comfort in the fact that the Lord is with us. We would do well to remember during times of chastisement that it is for our good, to make us stronger. No pain, no gain!

From: Volume 2 - Issue 3


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