The Purpose Of Pressure

Thought For The Week 30

Man under pressure

The Bible gives us many pictures of Yahweh at work, the refiner’s fire being one I have used recently.  There is also the potter’s wheel where we see the clay being crushed by the Master’s Hand; and the hammer, with its attendant thought of being broken into pieces [Jeremiah 23:29].  Yahshua Himself was ‘led into the desert’ by the Holy Spirit where ‘for 40 days He was tempted by the devil.’ [See Luke 4:1-2] The beloved Son, newly baptised and publicly acknowledged by John and His Father, immediately led into the desert for almost seven weeks of serious testing.

 Has it ever seemed to you that just as you felt spiritually ‘in tune’ and were finding your destined purpose you ended up in the desert?  So easy to blame the tempter but – I wonder?  It’s in the desert where roots begin to go deep; where souls reach out to Yahweh for sustenance; where faith learns to take hold!  The deserts have as much place in the life of a believer as the mountain tops and Yahweh does His deepest work when we are thrown entirely upon Him for survival. 

As you walk with Him today rest in His omnipotence, for there is nothing that comes your way that you and He cannot handle together.  He is always more than amazing.

Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you.

1 Peter 4:12 NLT

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