Stretched…


My buddy Gary posted about his buddy Greg and some of the stuff he’s going through right about now. He’s not the only one. There seems to be a pretty concerted effort on the part of the enemy, especially against those who are doing something great for the Kingdom.

I’m reminded of today’s selection from My Utmost for His Highest

Patience is more than endurance. A saint’s life is in the hands of God like a bow and arrow in the hands of an archer. God is aiming at something the saint cannot see, and He stretches and strains, and every now and again the saint says – “I cannot stand any more.” God does not heed, He goes on stretching till His purpose is in sight, then He lets fly. Trust yourself in God’s hands. For what have you need of patience just now? Maintain your relationship to Jesus Christ by the patience of faith. “Though He slay me, yet will I wait for Him.”

And this…

Faith is the heroic effort of your life, you fling yourself in reckless confidence on God. God has ventured all in Jesus Christ to save us, now He wants us to venture our all in abandoned confidence in Him.

I don’t know Greg, but I know Gary thinks an awful lot of him and he’s challenged and encouraged Gary over the months. I’m challenged and encouraged by Greg’s response on his blog

Please know, I’m not discouraged, depressed, or wavering in my faith. It’s the exact opposite, I’M GROWING IN MY FAITH. God is using all of this to stretch me, and make me more like Christ!

To all the Gregs and others out there, we’re praying for you tonight!