BILLY GRA­HAM

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Life - This col­umn is based on the words and writ­ings of the late Rev. Billy Gra­ham.

Q: Q:Why does the Bi­ble say that the Lord may test peo­ple but it can re­sult in gold? – B.Q.

A: A:When Job, of the Old Tes­ta­ment, con­sid­ered the wonders of God in the midst of his tri­als and hard­ships, he pro­claimed: “When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold” (Job 23:10).

Any­one who goes through dif­fi­cul­ties keep­ing their eyes on the Lord and trust­ing Him for the re­sult, will come forth vic­to­ri­ously. The laws of na­ture pro­vide in­sight.

A bar of raw steel may

be pur­chased for a few dol­lars. But when that bar of steel has been thrust into the fires and pro­cessed, when it has been tem­pered and forged and made into tiny watch springs for ex­pen­sive watches, that bar of raw steel is turned into some­thing worth thou­sands of dol­lars. Fire and the skilled hands of mas­ter ar­ti­sans make the dif­fer­ence in the value.

Just as the sun by its heat and light per­forms a thou­sand mir­a­cles a day in the plant king­dom, God through the refin­ing fire of His Spirit per­forms a thou­sand mir­a­cles a day in the spir­i­tual realm. His re­gen­er­at­ing power can take the dull and or­di­nary things of our lives – even the burned-out ashes of our past – and forge them into some­thing use­ful, even beau­ti­ful, for His pur­poses.

The Apos­tle Peter wrote con­cern­ing tri­als: “In this you greatly re­joice, though now for a lit­tle while, if need be, you have been grieved by var­i­ous tri­als, that the gen­uine­ness of your faith, be­ing much more pre­cious than gold that per­ishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to (glo­rify Je­sus Christ)” (1 Peter 1:6-7).

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