I’m a person that doesn’t eat breakfast often, but because I know it’s important I try to eat something to start my day now. Yesterday I was boiling two eggs and a cup of tea for breakfast before work. I looked and noticed that the water was bubbling hot. But if I took it out the yoke would have still been there. I just thought about ministry and how sometimes people are called because they look ready but inside they don’t have what it takes yet. Or when we ask for deliverance from a situation but haven’t allowed the situation to develop us yet. Interesting breakfast, right?
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. (James 1:2-4)
Some people love the idea of being used by God so much that they overlook what God is trying to do. We pray, “God, please use me to be a light or to help a broken world”, but do we know what that means? When you pray for wisdom, God will give you difficult times to learn from. When you pray for strength, you may have some burdens to carry. When you ask to be out in the spotlight we must know the spotlight will shine on our flaws as well. That’s why God wants us to stay in development process without rushing. The children of Israel wanted deliverance from Egypt but when they received it their minds were still in bondage. They murmured as if God retired, all because their bodies left Egypt but Egypt never left their minds.
There’s a story of a carrot, egg and coffee bean. They were all boiled, but all had different results. The carrot went in tough, but after the heat it experienced it came out soft. The egg went in soft but came out hard. The coffee bean turned into a drink. You see many of us are ministry going in tough as though we know it all, but end up like the carrot. Weakened by upcoming pressures. Some of us are like the egg, when life sends problems we become so upset and bitter with our experiences. However, God wants us like the coffee bean. When life gives us a hard time, we should not let it hurt us, but we should be able to adjust to it and still give God praise.
Joseph was sold into slavery by brothers. Lied on by a woman and sent to a prison. Later in life God elevated him and he was used to help his brothers that wanted him dead. When he confessed to his brothers who he was, he told them that it was God that sent him there (Genesis 45:4-8). It was God who allowed him to experience problems. God sent persecution to Paul. God allowed satan to attack Job. God knew the three Hebrew boys would be thrown into fire. Yet in every case, we see that God was always able. Understand that problems and trials aren’t to kill you, but to develop you. Many want to avoid problems, but God said in His Word many are the afflictions of the righteous, but God will deliver us from them all (Psalm 34:19). Today I encourage you, to count it all joy. Trust in God even when things are not the way you want them to be. God is still on the throne no matter our circumstance.
– Tovares Grey