As A.W. Tozer once said, “God never uses anyone greatly until he tests them deeply.” From the moment I saw this quote the realization of the power it possesses hit me instantly. When we are in the midst of a “test” or a difficult situation it can be very hard to see the other side and how everything will play out. In my own life, I have begun to realize that God can sometimes allow the difficult times or things we may face in this world to better prepare us for the great things he has in store for His children. The more I thought about this there are several scriptures that immediately came to mind and one was Proverbs 17:3 which says, “Fire tests the purity of silver and gold, but the LORD tests the heart.” (NLT) I have recently endured some trying times myself and I still haven’t been able to fully understand why these things happen, but it was in those moments when I could feel God speaking to my heart saying,”How much do you trust me?” I think that when we are being tested by God we can begin to experience our relationship with Him on a much a deeper level and as we face the trying times we can find great comfort in knowing that He is in control and always knows what is best for us in every situation! God never promised that life would be easy, but he did promise that he’d be with us no matter what. As I have matured in my relationship with Him over the years I am becoming more aware of what really matters in this life and where we should ultimately place our hope. It’s our job as His children to do our best to live a life that is pleasing to Him and to share this precious hope we have with others.
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