Happy Monday. “Adversity is God’s University.”
September is here—cooler, crisper days, football season, apple pie time, pumpkins piled high at the market…I love this time of year.
Of course, school is back in session. Did you, as I, love school as a child?
Some subjects that have opened to me in life are: Obedience to Christ, Faith, Patience, Compassion, Forgiveness, and so many more.
Tests in school were not fun, nor or they in life’s lessons.
We are instructed to be joyous at tests—knowing that the trying (testing) of our faith works patience.
Couldn’t there be an easier way?
Dr. Hyles said this, “Don’t look at times of testing and be bitter, look through times of testing and see God.”
Looking back at previous tests that have come my way, the lessons I learned, really learned, came through trials of pain and dire need.
Even Christ learned obedience by the things which he suffered (Hebrews 5:8). Surely fallen humanity must learn the same way.
2 Timothy 3 describes our world, seemingly filled with knowledge but as ever learning, but never coming to the knowledge of the truth.
The Psalmist had an insight to the blight of not knowing truth as he said, “It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.” Psalms 119:71.
You are in the midst of a hard test today? Stay! Finish! See God’s hand.
“I walked a mile with pleasure,
She chattered all the way;
But left me none the wiser
For all she had to say.
I walked a mile with sorrow,
And ne’er a word said she;
But oh the things I learned from her
When sorrow walked with me.”