“INTO THE WILDERNESS”
A.W. Tozer has a well known quote:
“It is doubtful whether God can bless a man greatly until he has hurt him deeply.”He goes on to say...“The flaming desire to be rid of every unholy thing and to put on the likeness of Christ at any cost is not often found among us. We expect to enter the everlasting kingdom of our Father and to sit down around the table with sages, saints and martyrs; and through the grace of God, maybe we shall; yes maybe we shall. But for the most of us it could prove at first an embarrassing experience. Ours might be the silence of the untried soldier in the presence of the battle-hardened heroes who have fought the fight and won the victory and who have scars to prove that they were present when the battle was joined.”
B. To be greatly used by the Lord is a desire that every Christian should have, but it must be recognized that following Jesus is not for the faint of heart!
C. It does not stand to our reasoning why God would allow us to be harmed, hurt, suffer, pained, ridiculed for HIS honor and glory.
D. It reminds us that He is the Potter and He is shaping us and molding us into a vessel for the Master’s use!
1. Jesus was no different, in that He suffered and submitted to HIS Father’s will.
2. Moses suffered, David suffered, the prophets suffered, but they were all greatly used by God!
3. Hebrews 11:13-16