I read something today on facebook that really caught my eye. It was a statement that I want to share with you today, it said; the same boiling water that softens the potatoes, hardens the eggs. It’s not about the circumstances, but what you are made of.
Wow. I loved this statement. It is so true and profound. I have seen people go through things like divorce, or losing a loved one, and it has made them bitter, unforgiving, disappointed and many other things. But I see other people go through the same things and come through with peace and with revelation for their own life that is priceless.
Same circumstances and two different outcomes. Do you think it is because one didn’t have God and the other did? No, I have seen, witnessed for myself, Christians who go through these things and yet have different outcomes. One bitter the other better. It really is all about what you are made of.
Now, I am not saying it is easy and I don’t know your story but I do know your God and I know he is well able to keep you in peace and bring you out on the other side without the smell of smoke. That I do know.
Isaiah 64:8 say; Yet, O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.
We are the clay, he is the potter and if we allow him to, he will mold us into something beautiful. It may not feel good but the end will be worth it all.
I am also not saying God causes these bad things to happen, I do not believe he does, however, I do know from experience that he will use these times to teach us about ourselves, our faith and his faithfulness, if we will allow him to.
Luke 6:40 says; A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.
Let’s think about this for a moment. Everyone who is fully trained will be, not may be, but will be like his teacher. When we are fully trained, we will be like Jesus. Which means we will walk like he walks, talk like he talks, believe like he believes and trust like he trusts.
When Jesus walked through crowds that wanted to stone him, he simply kept walking. When Jesus went through storms, he slept. When Jesus needed to get somewhere and didn’t have a path to follow, he walked on water. When Jesus didn’t want to go Gods way he said ‘not my will Father, I choose to do your will.’
When we get to this point, we are like our teacher, until that day we need to allow him to mold us and make us what He wants us to be.
Many of us have walked through hard challenging seasons. Many of us have been through the fire. Many of us have been in what felt like boiling water. Many of us.
My question to you today is what did that season make you? Did it make you hard, bitter and disappointed? Did it make you pliable and humble? What did it make you? Did it make it hard for you to trust? Did it make it hard for you to believe…to dream again? What did it make you?
My prayer for you today is that you would search your heart and ask God to remove any and all hardness from your heart or mind. Ask God to remove all bitterness. Ask God to remove all disappointment. And…Thank God for molding you and making you into an instrument that is pliable in the hands of God and fit for a Master’s use.