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I am the wife of B.J. Maxwell (married August of 1997) and mother of our four adopted children.
I am blessed with the awesome privilege to care for & love my husband, invest in & love our children, and keep our home.
May I steward these gifts well, for the glory and praise of Christ Jesus our precious Lord & Savior!

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus . . . sweetest name I know!

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Trials and Temptations

Therefore, let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall. No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.
I Corinthians 10:12-13

Temptation and trials . . . O, the agony and pain that accompany these necessary means by which God perfects us into the image of Christ Jesus our Lord. Scripture constantly affirms the truth that trials are necessary – and are in fact, true marks of a believer (Romans 8:17, I Peter 4:12-13, Philippians 3;10, etc.)

But, what good can come from pain?
Why does God allow me to go through things so agonizing?
Why would God ordain such dreadful tribulation?
Where can hope be found in such events?
Where is the way of escape?

I was reading a biography today on Martin Luther, and I fell in AWE of what he said in regards to trial and temptation. Martin Luther says:

I did not learn my divinity at once but was constrained by my temptations to search deeper and deeper; for if one does not experience trials and temptations he cannot really understand the Holy Scriptures. St. Paul had a devil beat him with fists and with temptations drove him to study the Scriptures. Temptations hunted me into the Bible. God be praised I at length began to understand it.

Indeed, our Lord is good to do whatever means necessary to drive us into the Scriptures. O, how I pray that temptations and trials would hunt me into the Bible and swift to my knees in prayer. Teach me, O Lord, Your goodness and mercy!