Life has a way of teaching us valuable lessons. We learn from day to day just by living. We learn from people we associate with, whether they be a family member, a friend, co-worker on the job, or a total stranger. Interacting on a daily basis, we take note. We watch others as they make either wise or foolish decisions. And we learn that we reap the consequences of those decisions. When all goes well and we have no challenges, we journey along in life thinking all is well. Until we hit a snag of adversity of some sort, that stops us in our tracks. Really… it is at those times that we learn how to live our life. The adversities we face are what make us strong. Adversity is a great teacher. Especially when God teaches us how to get through the tough times.
No matter how old I get – I find myself continually learning. I never feel as though I know it all, and I am complete. I feel as though I am constantly evolving. Yes, with age and time does come wisdom, and acquired knowledge. But the inner growth process never stops. I am continually asking God to make me better.
Taken from my devotions: This way is thine. It may be a crooked, mysterious, tangled way – a way of trials and tears. “He knoweth it.” A furnace seven times heated? He lighted it. There is an Almighty Guide knowing and directing our footsteps. Whether it be to the bitter Marah pool, or to the joy and refreshment of Elim. That way, dark to the Egyptians, has its pillar of cloud and fire for His own Israel. The furnace is hot, but not only can we trust the hand that kindles it, we have the assurance that the fires are lighted not to consume, but to refine; and when the process is completed – no sooner – no later – He brings us forth as gold.
“When my spirit was overwhelmed, then thou knowest my path.” “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me.” Psalms 138.7
The Biblical character Job, saw in his hour of aggravated woe, every earthly hope lay prostrate at his feet. Yet, in his hour of hopelessness and devastation, he could declare, “The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of The Lord.” Thus, seeing God in everything, his faith reached its climax when this once powerful prince of the desert, seated on his bed of ashes, could say, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.”