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Mon May 8, 2017 22:23

“True humility is not an abject, groveling, self-despising spirit. It is but a right estimate of ourselves as God sees us.” (Tryon Edwards)

“Be careful to obey all the commands I am giving you today. Then you will live and multiply, and you will enter and occupy the land the LORD swore to give your ancestors. Remember how the LORD your God led you through the wilderness for forty years, humbling you and testing you to prove your character, and to find out whether or not you would really obey his commands.” (Deuteronomy 8:1-2 NLT)

I can’t think of many tests that I’ve totally enjoyed taking. In school there were some tests that I was prepared for and didn’t have near the anxiety as other tests, but even when prepared there was always the thought that maybe I had missed something. God led the Israelites through the wilderness for forty years testing them the whole time. Seems unfair to the ones that had their hearts right, but still had to go through the testing. Today I am seventy years old, when I was twenty years old forty years seemed like a very long time. It seemed like eternity, a lifetime away. Today at seventy, I look back over the past forty years and realize that it wasn’t so long after all. The years that end on a zero seem to be milestones in my life. 0-10 was childhood and took forever. 10-20 I became an adult and it also seemed to go on endlessly. 20-30 I became independent and somewhat responsible for my own life, this time period went by quicker than I anticipated. 30-40 I went from realizing that I was not really young anymore, and wondered how I became old so quickly. 40-50 clipped along so quickly that I didn’t have time to do all I wanted, and even played catch-up most of the time. 50-60 just happened, I was fifty one day, turned around and I was sixty, turn around again and I was seventy. A forty-year test is not as long as we might think it to be. As I look back over the last forty years I can see that I also have been in a test. Some of the important lessons that I have learned are that when I fail a test, I will have to take it again. I don’t care if it is in the natural, material or the spiritual realms, if I fail a test I find myself taking it again. I can look back over the past forty years and see where time and time again I was led into the wilderness for testing. As a result I grew, gained wisdom and knowledge, and had the experience to pass the test if needed to again. I don’t want to give you the idea that I was an A student. Many tests I just barely passed, but I learned. Today as I find myself several years into recovery from alcohol and drugs, I know that I need to be truly grateful for my testing in the wilderness of life. Without the tests and having to swim upstream, I would have floated away just like a dead fish. Today I am learning to use each difficult occasion as an opportunity to allow God to demonstrate His power and love in my life. God is still doing for me what I could not do for myself…………..wolf

    • Unfortunately ...Baruch, Tue May 9 07:11
      when testing the purity of gold by calcining ... it involves heating to melting point in an alkaline cup that burns off or absorbs the dross. Purgatory if not Hell fire. Excessive IMHO. Is the... more
      • Re: Unfortunately ...wolf, Tue May 9 08:39
        Our lives are spent in the crucible of the heat brings the dross to the top God is able to remove it (our character defects or sins).. I don't think we ever become pure but forgiven for not ... more
        • In Star Trek: The Final Frontier ...Baruch, Tue May 9 13:06
          Spock's brother is seeking G-d. This brother is able to heal people in psychic ways. Kirk refuses his offer of healing .. Kirk days that it is our defects that make us individuals, including the scar ... more
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