‘The teacher is always quiet during the test’

The Lord of hosts has sworn saying, “Surely, just as I have intended so it has happened, and just as I have planned so it will stand.”

Isaiah 14:24

If you have watched Fear Factor or Extreme Makeover you notice that it puts people through all kinds of adverse circumstances so they might look better than they did when they started the makeover process or win a prize as in the case of Fear Factor. They undergo surgical procedures, grueling workouts, and physical pain in order to be transformed into something externally beautiful. They let you go through your worst fears, phobias etc with the hope that the one who endures longest is recognized as the winner, overcomer.

One of the primary ways God makes us more like Christ is by allowing us to face challenges, hardships, and trouble. To conform us into the image of Christ, we don’t just need minor surgery—we require major transformation.

In fact, God has to put a brand-new nature inside us. Just as a sculptor chips away at a piece of marble to turn it into a beautiful image, God uses trials to chip away at us, sculpting us to resemble the image of Christ.

During these times of trial and testing, you may often feel alone. But remember that the teacher is always quiet during the test. You are not alone. God is producing within you the beauty and majesty of a surrendered and humbled soul.

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