Bible Reading: Psalm 1
Key Words: And he shall be like a tree
God compares us to a tree. Those who gain strength from God’s Word grow, but our strength also grows from adversity if our faith is founded in God’s Word and not man’s wisdom.
I read the following story which was taken from The Evangel. We were going through a great furniture factory when our guide pointed out to us a superbly grained and figured sideboard in the natural wood. He stated, “It is the finest selected timber of its kind. The secret,” he said, “is this. The trees from which it was taken grew in a place where they were exposed to almost constant conflict and storms.” What a suggestive fact! The storm-beaten tree develops the choicest and finest woven fibers. When it is cut down and the saws lay bare its exquisitely figured grain, the cabinetmaker selects it as the material for his finest work. So it is when life is beset by sorrows and trials. If it withstands the storm, the wind of God strengthens and beautifies it.
Character cannot be developed into its strongest and most beautiful form without storms and trials.
What to do:
✞ Stay the course. A winner is someone who goes through the trials and doesn’t quit.
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