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Sunday, January 12, 2014

God Loves Hard Places

"Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it" (1 Thessalonians 5:24).

We are in the midst of the storm of life. The believing saints of God are on board the ship. Someone looks to the horizon and warns, "We are directly in the path of the typhoon! We are as good as dead. We will surely be dashed to pieces on the rocks!"

But calmly someone else advises, "Look down, look down! We have an anchor!" We look, but the depth is too great. We cannot see the anchor. But the anchor is there. It grips the immovable rock and holds fast. Thus the ship outrides the storm.

The Holy Spirit has assured us that we have an Anchor, steadfast and sure, that keeps the soul. The Spirit is saying to us, "Keep on believing. Pursue holiness. Show diligence and hold full assurance of faith to the very end. Follow those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.

"He is faithful!"

Nearly all the great examples of faith and victorious grace which we find in the scriptures came out of situations of extremity and distress. God loves hard places, and faith is usually born of danger and extremity.

~A. W. Tozer~

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