Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.” (Hebrews 2:10).
Steel is iron plus fire. The soil is rock, plus heat, or glacier crushing. Linen is flax plus the bath that cleans, the comb that separates, and the flail that pounds, and the shuttle that weaves. The human character must have a plug attached to it. The world does not forget great characters. But great characters are not made of luxuries, they are made by suffering.
I read about a mother who brought into her home as a companion to her own son, a crippled boy who was also a hunchback. She had warned her boy to be very careful in his relations with him, and not to touch the sensitive part of his life but go right on playing with him as if he were an ordinary boy. She listened to her son as they were playing; and after a few minutes he said to his companion: “Do you know what you have got on your back?” The little hunchback was embarrassed, and he hesitated a moment. The boy said: “It is the box in which your wings are, and someday God is going to cut it open, and then you will fly away and be an angel.”
Someday, God is going to reveal the fact to every Christian, that the very principles they now rebel against, have been the instruments which He used in perfecting their characters and molding them into perfection, polished stones for His great building yonder.
Suffering is a wonderful fertilizer to the roots of the character. The great object of this life is a character. This is the only thing we can carry with us into eternity. . . . To gain the most of it and the best of it is the object of probation. —
“By the thorn road and no other is the mount of vision won.”
Brethren you have won the battle, but where is your character? You are a fighter but where is your character? How well do you withstand pressure or how have you come out of your trials?Remember God is working on something and you may not like what you are seeing but wait for the end product. The mould may be looking ugly, the object may not meet your standards, but wait until it is polished and covered in the Holy Spirit. Then and only then will you see the character of the finished product. Brethren we are bound for a City whose builder and maker is God, Are you with this program?