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Dazzling White Teeth and The Problem of Trials

I fully realize that what I’m about to say runs counter to the “dominant Christian culture” as expressed in bestselling books written by preachers who fill basketball arenas or religious TV hosts with dazzling white teeth…

I also realize that it’s biblical…

Our faith is forged in the fire of trials.

James, the brother of Jesus and the earliest leader of the church said that trials were to be endured with joy, because they produced endurance that makes us mature and complete.

The apostle Paul experienced difficulties that made him wonder if he wouldn’t be better off dead.  Yet, in those trials he learned an enormous truth: God’s grace is sufficient no matter what, and when we are reduced to weakness, He shows up strong.

At the end of John 13, Jesus tells Peter that he cannot go where the Lord is going yet, but, Jesus says, “You will…”  When?  After Peter had gone through wrenching personal failure.

Yes, Romans 8:28 is still true, but we’ve got to live through the “all things” to get to God’s good.

The issue is our brokenness.  To most of us, a broken dish is worthless, and a broken television is no good, broken things get thrown away… But to God, brokenness makes a vessel more usable. God makes beautiful, purposeful use of broken things. The little boy brought the five loaves and two fish to Jesus and He broke them and fed thousands.  The sinful woman came to Simon’s house with jar of perfume that had to be broken before its contents could be used to anoint Jesus.  The body of Jesus had to be broken before we could be forgiven.

If I want God to use my life to give Him glory, I have to realize that I must be broken for Him to do that.  That’s why I have to go through trials and difficult times.  If I always try to “tough it out” or “shake it off”, then I’m not broken…

God will sometimes allow us to suffer more than we can bear – but it”s okay, because His grace is sufficient, and His strength is made perfect in our weakness!

Categories: brokenness, trials, troubles
  1. Buck
    November 17, 2007 at 12:56 pm

    Sharp site… I like the “new look” – You may want to add a link or “I’ve moved” sign to your old blog 🙂

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