He knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold. (Job 23:10)
“The strongest trees are found not in the thick shelter of the forest but out in the open, where winds from every direction bear down upon them. The ﬁerce winds bend and twist them until they become giant in stature. These are the trees that tool makers seek for handles for their tools, because of the wood’s great strength.” It is the same with anyone who desires to live a great life. The path to greatness isn’t one where the sun always shines, and things are always so easy. Instead the path is often steep, rocky, and narrow, where the storms, challenges, obstacles, frustrations of life will try to knock you off your feet. Where the betrayals of loved ones, will cut you, and enemies will try to destroy you.
Living your greatest life requires great faith. And great faith can only come when you are tested. When you are faced with suffering, tears, trials, conflicts, hardships, dangers, beatings, persecutions, misunderstanding, trouble, etc, yet you know that “in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Yes, in all these (even during storms, when the winds are the most intense) we are more than conquerors. “You may be tempted to run from the ordeal of a ﬁerce storm of testing, but head straight for it! God is there to meet you in the centre of each trial And He will whisper to you His secrets, which will bring you out with a radiant face and such an invincible faith that all the demons of hell will never be able to shake it.”
Are you going through the tough times and trials in your life, I want you to know that it is part of the course requirement for being great. All great people of history have had to endure lengthy times of patient waiting, they have swam across rough seas. And they know that “our boat may be tossed by the waves while He continues to sleep, but He will awake before it sinks. He sleeps but He never oversleeps, for He is never too late.”