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Trials and Pain…It Works! A. W. Tozer

Posted by Scott on December 10, 2007

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Trials and Pain

by A. W. Tozer

The devil, things and people being what they are, it is necessary for God to use the hammer, the file and the furnace in His holy work of preparing a saint for true sainthood. It is doubtful whether God can bless a man greatly until He has hurt him deeply.

The Root of the Righteous, 157.


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December 9

Trials and Pain: It Works!

…Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. –2 Corinthians 12:9-10

Ten thousand enemies cannot stop a Christian, cannot even slow him down, if he meets them in an attitude of complete trust in God. They will become to him like the atmosphere that resists the airplane, but which because the plane’s designer knew how to take advantage of that resistance, actually lifts the plane aloft and holds it there for a journey of 2,000 miles. What would have been an enemy to the plane becomes a helpful servant to aid it on its way….

If this should seem like a bit of theorizing, remember that always the greatest Christians have come out of hard times and tough situations. Tribulations actually worked for their spiritual perfection in that they taught them to trust not in themselves but in the Lord who raised the dead. They learned that the enemy could not block their progress unless they surrendered to the urgings of the flesh and began to complain. And slowly, they learned to stop complaining and start praising. It is that simple–and it works! We Travel an Appointed Way, 32-33.

“Lord, I wish I could more readily ‘stop complaining and start praising.’ I pray for Your grace to work within me that I might allow the trials to lift me aloft rather than press me down. I’ll do it in Your strength today. Amen.”

-Scott Bailey 2007


3 Responses to “Trials and Pain…It Works! A. W. Tozer”

  1. rjperalta said

    Amen! The man had a real walk with God. May we also. It will cost though. His writings are a real encouragement to us in this day.
    Thank you,

  2. qbaileys said

    Hey Richard,

    I enjoy Tozer’s work as well. The hurt does run deep as He stretches us and molds us into what He has planned for us. His timely words have helped me get through some very difficult times and make sense of why life can be so troublesome. His words in this article reminds me of Psalm 34:18-19…”God is very near to the broken hearted and will rescue those that are crushed in spirit. The troubles of the righteous are many, yet He rescues them from them all…”

    As Tozer states above, “we slowly learn not to complain…” This may be why many of us suffer longer than others….we just keep complaining without understanding this point. I try not to complain, but at times the trials are so heavy I feel faint, but He provides that sweet rest just in time. The reminder is that no matter how long the lessons may come, we need to praise Him for the opportunity to serve Him and love Him without grumbling. I can say now that my suffering has yielded a tremendous growing period in my Christian life and I would not replace it for anything now.

    Thanks for the comment.


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