God will make our obstacles serve His purposes. We all have
mountains in our lives, and often they are people and things that
threaten to block the progress of our spiritual life. The obstacles
may be untruths told about us; a difficult occupation; “a thorn
in [the] flesh” (2 Cor. 12:7); or our daily cross. And often we
pray for their removal, for we tend to think that if only these were
removed, we would live a more tender, pure, and holy life.
“How foolish you are, and how slow of heart . . . !” (Luke
24:25). These are the very conditions we need for achievement,
and they have been put in our lives as the means of producing
the gifts and qualities for which we have been praying so long.
We pray for patience for many years, and when something
begins to test us beyond our endurance, we run from it. We
try to avoid it, we see it as some insurmountable obstacle to
our desired goal,and we believe that if it was removed,we would
experience immediate deliverance and victory.
This is not true! We would simply see the temptations to be
impatient end. This would not be patience. The only way
genuine patience can be acquired is by enduring the very trials
that seem so unbearable today.
Turn from your running and submit. Claim by faith to be a
partaker in the patience of Jesus and face your trials in Him.
There is nothing in your life that distresses or concerns you that
cannot become submissive to the highest purpose. Remember,
they are God’s mountains. He puts them there for a reason,
and we know He will never fail to keep His promise.
“God understands the way to it and he alone knows where
it dwells, for he views the ends of the earth and sees everything
under the heavens” (Job 28:23–24). So when we come to the
foot of the mountains, we will find our way. from Christ in Isaiah,
by F. B. Meyer
The purpose of our trials is not only to test our worthiness
but also to increase it, just as the mighty oak is tested by the
storms as well as strengthened by them.