For those whom He foreknew,
He also predestined to become
conformed to the image of His Son,
so that He would be the firstborn
among many brethren
Where souls are being tried and tested,
there God is hewing out pillars for His temple!
In a book by Robert V. Ozment entitled “But God Can”, some interesting observations are quoted from the Scottish author George Macdonald.
Telling of a woman who had encountered a great tragedy in her life, he says, “The heartache was so crushing and her sorrow so bitter that the one in distress exclaimed, ‘I wish I’d never been made.!’
With spiritual discernment, her friend answered, ‘My dear, you are not fully made yet; you’re only being made, and this is the Maker’s process!”
Macdonald wisely concludes, “We can let God take our troubles and make out of them a garment of Christian fortitude which will not only warm our souls but also serve to inspire others.”
Someone has noted the apparent tragedies which became the making of the following men:
▪︎ “Milton, despite the blindness which overtook him, wrote the incomparable ‘Paradise Lost.’
▪︎ Beethoven became deaf but nevertheless wrote mighty music which made him famous.
▪︎ Matheson went blind at college, but he refused to allow the calamity to frustrate his hopes, and finally came to a place of worldwide service both as preacher and writer. His majestic hymn ‘O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go’ is a thing of beauty and a joy forever, and is universally sung throughout the world.”
Does it seem as though everything in life is going against you?
Have friends forsaken you, and are your dreams and aspirations shattered?
As you face these disillusionments, take heart! If you’re a child of God, you may be sure that all things are working “for good”! Rightly received, these experiences can truly be the making of you!
Things don’t just happen to us who love God,
They’re sent from His own dear hand,
That molded and shaped by events below,
We’ll match the pattern He’s planned!
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