February 16, 2013
“Although I have afflicted you… I will afflict you no more.” (Nahum 1:12)
Streams in the Desert is too good today not to share! All the years of crying out to God “WHEN WILL THIS BE OVER?!?” And finally, on the other side, I hear Him saying “I will afflict you no more.”
“There is a limit to our affliction. God sends it and then removes it. Do you complain saying, “When will this end?” May we quietly wait and patiently endure the will of the Lord till He comes. Our Father takes away the rod when His purpose in using it is fully accomplished.
If the affliction is sent to test us so that our words would glorify God, it will only end once He has caused us to testify to His praise and honor. In fact, we would not want the difficulty to depart until God has removed from us all the honor we can yield to Him.” – Charles Spurgeon
I can remember MANY tests of my words. And I can remember many times that I failed in honoring God with my words. When I first decided to quit cussing, it was not easy! It was a constant test and I let God use a physical rod by putting thick rubber bands on my wrists and I would pop myself every time I slipped up. It worked and then God removed that rod from me.
I remember when He was purging the sin out of my life that I was choosing to live in even after He saved me. I would give it up to Him then go right back to it. He would convict me so I would give it back to Him and then I would find myself falling back into the sin in just a short while. It was a trial that I thought would never end. But it wasn’t ending because I wasn’t delivered of it yet. And as soon as I was ready for true deliverance, He knew and I haven’t been tested or tempted by that sin since then. But He couldn’t take that rod from me until that sin was completely removed from my heart.
Streams in the Desert continues on to say, “Even the fact that we face a trial proves there is something very precious to our Lord in us, or else He would not spend so much time and energy on us, Christ would not test us if He did not see the precious metal of faith mingled with the rocky core of our nature, and it is to refine us into purity and beauty that He forces us through the fiery ordeal.”
He loves us so much and He wants us to be holy, as He is holy. And His rod is what saved my life. I would be dead right now or so lost in a world of my own making if He hadn’t pulled out the big paddle on me!
“The Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.” Hebrews 12:6