|“Mercy is the setting aside of justice, it is not the setting aside of consequences. The mercy of God does not eliminate the consequences of the sin. If you stand on the tallest building in a large city, and in a moment of despair jump, and on the way down realize your mistake and ask God’s forgiveness, He doesn’t stop the fall.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“In this you rejoice, though now for a little while you may have to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold which though perishable is tested by fire, may redound to praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1:6-7
No one enjoys living in the crucible. No one enjoys pain. Peter lets you know that time in the crucible reveals the genuineness of your faith. You are not challenged in yielding to the will of God until there is cost; the higher the cost the greater the challenge. There is no such thing as a partial surrender. This is why testing is so important. You cannot know if you are really surrendered until you are sorely tested to renege in your commitment to Christ.
The Enemy only wants the answer to one question: What will it take to bring your commitment to Christ to an end? What is your price? God will give Satan his way in your life, not to satisfy either God’s or Satan’s curiosity, but rather so that you can know that you have no price. As with the case of His servant Job, the time of testing can be severe, but the product is “more precious than gold.”
“Count it all joy, my brethren, when you meet various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.”230 God will never place you in the crucible without a purpose. Although you may never know the sum of His purpose, you can know that He wishes to test your surrender- for your own good.
230 James 1:2-3
2 Chronicles 17-18 John 13:1-20 (New King James Version)
2 Chronicles 17-18
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