sexta-feira, 8 de fevereiro de 2019
THE NARROW PATH TO RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD - DAY 52
by Rev. Robert John Cericola, Carroll, OH - EUA
1 Peter 4:12 (NKJV) Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you.
The potter that forms clay periodically examines his work. Upon examination, the potter makes corrections in the clay to bring it up to his design standards. Likewise, throughout your journey to knowing God, the molding process you will go through, has God ordered circumstances (fiery trials) that are intended to increase your trust (strengthen your faith) and knowledge of Him. Fiery trials start small and become larger as your trust in God increases. For example, let’s look at the life of David.
David the youngest son of Jesse, was approximately 10 to 15 years old when he was anointed by Samuel to replace Saul as the King of Israel. In every season of David’s life, he walked through fiery trials that increased his faith and knowledge of God. His first recorded trial came defending his father’s sheep against a lion and a bear which gave him the strength, courage, and knowledge of God to face and defeat Goliath the giant. After defeating Goliath David faced years of stress hiding from Saul, while leading a band of discontented men that at times wanted to kill him. Every fiery test David faced while uniting Israel or conquering enemies, increased his trust and knowledge of God and gave him the strength and courage to do great things.
Starting with a lion and a bear, God increased David’s trials to reveal Himself and mold David into the second King of Israel. You may be in a trial, coming out of a trial, or resting before the next trial. However, always remember, you are being formed into the image of Jesus Christ. Each trial will increase your trust and knowledge of God and give you the strength and courage to do great things for God.
Think about the first trial you walked through and how it increased your knowledge and trust in God.