Facing the Storms of Life

by Rev Gary Green
Four Corner Ministries

 

Hebrews 6:16-20 (ESV

16 For people swear by something greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. 17 So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, 
 18 so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. 19 We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, 20  where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.
 

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  1. During such storms I reflect on these words by D L Moody –
    A blacksmith, about eight years after he had given his heart to God, was approached by an intelligent unbeliever with the question, “Why is it you have so much trouble? I have been watching you since you joined the Church and began to walk square and seem to love everybody, you have had twice as many trials and accidents as you had before. I thought that when a man gave himself to God his troubles were over. Is not that what the pastor tells us?” With a thoughtful, but glowing face, the blacksmith replied; “Do you see this piece of iron? It is for the springs of a carriage. I have been tempering it for some time. To do this I heat it red-hot, and then plunge it into a tub of ice cold water. This I do many times. If I find it taking temper, I heat and hammer it unmercifully. In getting the right piece of iron I found several that were too brittle. So I threw them on the scrap pile. These scraps are worth about a cent a pound, this carriage spring is very valuable,: He paused, and his listener nodded. The blacksmith continued. “God saves us for something more than to have a good time – that’s the way I see it. We have the good time all right, for God’s smile means heaven. But he wants us for service just as I want this piece of iron, and he has put the temper of Christ in us by testing us with trial. Ever since I saw this I have been saying to him. Test me in any way you choose, Lord, only don’t throw me in the scrap pile.

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