*TOPIC: UNDERSTANDING YOUR TRIAL OF FAITH – PART 5*
*BIBLE TEXT: ROMANS 8:18*
*I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.*
You can be in a hard place, under a tough leader, sent to a crisis filled and challenging church, led to a nation that is cold to the gospel as your missionary field and still be in God’s perfect plan for your life. God trains some of his vessels in the city, some in the wilderness and some under another leader.
Beloved, let us not assume that every place where we face hardship is because of being in the wrong location. It is true that being a wrong location could be the reason for all the challenges confronting us but it is not every time. Sometimes we need to pray to know whether we are in the right location or not. Many people hate the wilderness by mere mention of it but wilderness to Jesus was a place of fortification because he returned with power when he came out of the wilderness. Wilderness was also a place of preparation for John the Baptist. He came out of the wilderness and his fame spread abroad. Wilderness is good when you are led there by God.
Some of us started our training in God’s hand when he sent us under someone he considered born again but tough to pleased and unbroken. It is to make us more excellent and obedient to anyone. God may send you under a man that wants to frustrate your call, test your vision, and silent your manifestation, and yet, God is behind your going there. It is all a learning process. There are people you worked with and found it easy to work with any other man under heaven. Why? You have seen everything you can face anywhere else with them and overcame. When you pass such examination, God can then send you anywhere.
Beloved, there are things you will not learn without facing the test. There are some attitudes God cannot change or correct until you learn under a tutor. There is status God cannot put you until you learn under a hard manager. Joseph learned management in the house of Potiphar, he was a human resource manager in the prison before he became the prime minister in Egypt. Imagine.
Moses was not qualified to lead 3 million people out of Egypt as a palace boy. Though he was 40 years old yet he lacks the ruggedness and morale to undertake such a task. God permitted him to leave Egypt as a fugitive to learn for another 40 years as a shepherd boy under Jethro before he launched him into his assignment.
David was at the back of the city watching over the flocks. He learned the basic skill of warfare there. He must have been throwing stones to send wild animals away and kill some. He faced Lion and Bear there and won. There are many other animals he probably came in contact with. All these were done in the secret and under the unpleasant condition because he was forgotten there. Beloved, he flung only a stone and brought Goliath down. God worked with your skill to take you to the top. Without skill, you can miss the opportunity of representing God. David was chosen by God to fling the stone because God has prepared him with the necessary skill in the secret place.
Finally, before you give up on;
what you are doing,
where you are placed,
the relationship you are into,
the business you are doing,
the country you are born into etc Please, seek the face of the Lord and be sure that he wants you to move on or away. Hardship could be a learning process or a result of the wrong placement. When God leads you there, don’t ever quit but if you are led by yourself into it, run out of there like being chased by a terror
Thanks for following
Oluwaseun Isaac Agbenla