"Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try
you, as though some strange thing happened unto you." 1 Peter 4:12
Has something bad happened to you and you said, "Oh me. What did I do? I
must have done something terrible. Otherwise, this wouldn't have happened"?
And before you knew it, you fell headfirst into a pity party of morbid
introspection - taking yourself apart piece by piece to see where you went
wrong? If you're like most people, you have. But have you ever thought that
maybe you've done absolutely nothing wrong, but God is simply testing your
faith? This is an important truth for you to understand, because if you
don't, you may get discouraged. The seeds of doubt and discouragement sprout
in the soil of ignorance.
Read Exodus 16 about the testing of the Lord in the lives of the Israelites
while wandering in the desert. What applications can you give to your life?
In His Love & Service,
Pastor Larry E. Campbell
St. Paul A.M.E. Church, San Bernardino, CA
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