Therefore being justified by faith-.-.-.-we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience. —Romans 5:1-4
Do you want to have a big story to tell? Well, here it is. Count it all joy in the midst of temptations. When the trial is severe, when you think that no one is tried as much as you, count it all joy. When you feel that some strange thing has so happened that you are altogether in a new order, count it all joy. When the trial is so hard you cannot sleep, count it all joy. God has something for you in the trial, something divine, something of a divine nature.
After Abraham was tried, then he could offer Isaac—not before he was tried. God put Abraham through all kinds of tests. For twenty-five years he was tested. He is called the "father of the faithful" because he would not give up when he was under trials. We have a blessing today because one man dared to believe God without moving away from Him for twenty-five years.
Jesus, when I am under trials, experiencing temptations,
and facing tests, when I don't know what to do,
I shall lean wholly on You. Amen.