Bible Society of South Africa
Benescke Janse van Rensburg

Fearlessly forward – Day 8

Fearlessly forward by being good to your fellow man

Bible text(s)

13The LORD looks down from heaven

and sees the whole human race.

14From where he rules, he looks down

on all who live on earth.

Psalms 33:13-14GNBOpen in Bible reader

Faith and Wisdom

2My brothers and sisters, consider yourselves fortunate when all kinds of trials come your way, 3for you know that when your faith succeeds in facing such trials, the result is the ability to endure.

James 1:2-3GNBOpen in Bible reader

Years ago, a wise king decided to test the sincerity of the citizens of his empire. Early one morning, he rolled a big stone onto the middle of the road and then hid behind a rock to see who would move the stone from the road to the benefit of the other travellers.

As the king predicted, some of the richest and most prominent citizens of his kingdom simply walked around the stone, leaving it there. Others even loudly criticised the king for the stone, as it was, according to them, the king’s responsibility to remove it. Nobody, however, tried to move the stone.

Then, by late afternoon, a poor farmer pushed his cart past the stone. He immediately stopped and for the next hour struggled to roll the stone away. Achieving that, he leaned against the wheel of his cart for a moment to get his breath back. When he looked back to where the stone was in the road, he suddenly saw a bag in the hole. He curiously walked towards it, picked it up and opened it. In shock, he stared at a bag filled with golden coins. Attached was a note from the king, saying that the coins belonged to the person who rolled away the stone.

In our lives, there are also sometimes stones in the road, in the form of obstacles that we need to remove. And just as the king was hiding behind the rock, watching the people, God also has His eyes on us. In Psalm 33:13-14 we read: “The Lord looks down from heaven and sees the whole human race. From his throne he observes all who live on the earth.” At times, He uses the obstacles to test our character. In James 1:2-3 we read: “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.”

Are you currently in a situation in which it feels as if you are tested due to a stone directly in your path? Maybe you have an obstacle in the workplace, your marriage, your health, a challenge with a child or even with your in-laws? Or maybe you applied for a job, but someone with much less experience than you was hired? Or maybe someone spread gossip about you that you can do nothing about? What is your reaction in the midst of these challenging situations? Do you blame people or even God? Or do you pass the character test by keeping your faith in Him?

Abraham and Joseph also faced difficult situations in which they could reply on God. In the midst of their crisis, God tested their characters and they both endured and passed it. God made Abraham a father of nations, and promoted Joseph within a day from prisoner to viceroy of Egypt.

Every obstacle is an opportunity to improve our current situation. This is what the poor farmer discovered along his way. Let us therefore pass the test. The reward on the other side may also take your breath away. God bless.

Bible Society of South Africav.4.20.14
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