By David McArdle
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“ … To test Israel … “ [Judges 3.1 NASB]
When a promising young boxer is starting out on his chosen career, his trainer will line up opponents who were, at one time champions, if not actually championship contenders, and who are still good but are past their best.
It is highly unlikely that the fresh candidate will be defeated during his first few years in the ring, for the coach knows his strongest points and where he will be most vulnerable, and he sets his boxing matches accordingly.
God knows what we can take, and He also tests and trains His people. He will bring to our attention, what had previously enslaved us and enable us to experience the truth, that through Him, we are more than conquerors.
This process will continue for as long as it takes, depending on our resistance to temptation to sin and perseverance in the face of many trials, and then, our spiritual Coach will place our feet on the bottom rung of the ladder, where He will test our,
These tests will last for a lifetime.
When I worked in the shipbuilding industry, the massive cranes were serviced and maintained annually.
At that time, they were tested to take double there safe working load. Therefore, there was no chance of an accident happening.
Throughout His entire life, Jesus was tested to His limit, without sinning, and He is able to strengthen us when we reach, what we regard as, our breaking point.
Therefore, we do not have to experience spiritual accidents. [David McArdle]
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