thought for the day 3/29/06
"Knocked Down, Never Knocked Out"
He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; He will
purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver.
Malachi 3:3a NIV
Sometimes life throws us an unexpected curve which may be beyond our control. Even those circumstances that we can solve can cause us some despair or turn our world upside down. God never promised that His children wouldn't have problems. He did however, promise to be with us always and if we pray, there is an answer. Remember, the answer may not be what you expect and you may even be down for a while, but you won't be out.
There is a difference between stumbling, falling, being knocked down, and being knocked out. Some situations in life can cause us to trip and stumble, almost falling. Others can cause us to fall to our knees or fall down flat, embarrassed and shamed. Then there are those problems that come along and knock us down flat on our backs, for what seems like an eternity. We pray, question, wonder, and wait. Then we pray some more, question some more, and wait, to the point we began to think this is it, I'm down for the count. God doesn't knock His children out, neither will He allow Satan to knock us out. It is in the fire, that fine beautiful crystal and gold is made. It is also in fire that strong Christians are made. Whatever you're facing right now maybe a rock you've stumbled over. Or you may even be laying out but don't worry, you haven't been knocked out, you are only in the fire. God is just getting rid of the impurities, all the things that are holding you back. He will bring you out of the "fire-pit" again. We all have been tried and tested at one time or another, and will be again. But, oh what beautiful, strong, and loving, Christians are afterwe've be through the fire. Stay in the fire until God is finished with you, only He knows when you're ready.
Have a, Uplifting Day.