Faith will be tested
Reading today from my wonder book by Martin lloyd- Jones called Spiritual Depression; its causes and cures.
To have faith in God and Jesus means that your faith will be tested, for it to have any value. Like a pearl in an oyster, like gold burnished in the fire, like a diamond in the rough.
Where is your faith? Martin Lloyd -Jones
First of all looking at the whole question of faith let me say a word what I might call the trial of faith. Scripture is full of this idea of the trial of ones faith. Take the 11th chapter of the Epistle to Hebrews. That is in a sense nothing but a great exposition of this theme of the trial of faith. Every one of those men was tried. (Abraham, Moses, Noah, Jacob)
“The trial of your faith which is more precious than of gold that perisheth though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.”
Storms and trials are allowed by God. Our faith will be tried and James goes so far as to say; “Count it all joy when you fall into diverse difficulties. He permits the wind to blow and the billows to roll.”
“Unto you is given on the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on Him but also to suffer for His sake.” Phillipians 1;29
“In the world you will have trouble but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
When all things seem against us; to drive us to despair
We know one gate is open; one ear will hear our prayer.
We must never allow ourselves to be agitated and disturbed whatever the circumstances because to do so implies a lack of faith, a lack of trust, a lack of confidence in our blessed Lord and God.