Some of the most exciting lessons I enjoyed as a high school student were the practical lessons we used to have. It was exciting learning something in chemistry, physics and biology and then do actual practicals to see how the theories we had learned worked. While the mind can easily visualize things, it becomes more real when we go through practicals. Many students leaving school get a shocker when they realize that there is always some disconnect between the theories that they learn in class and real life experiences. The same thing happens to us as children of God. We know so many theories about God’s character and can even recite so many scriptures but it’s a totally different thing when God takes us through real life practicals. Knowing that God is Jehovah Rapha is one thing but getting sick and experiencing his healing power is another. While it’s possible for God to keep us excluded from pain and challenges, He prefers to take his children in the midst of those challenges and then shield them. He doesn’t protect us from the experiences of drought but rather keeps us alive in famine. He provides our bread in the midst of the famine and like Isaac in the scriptures asks us to sow where others are running away and then causes us to reap even a hundredfold. Perhaps this serves the purpose of training God’s children not to fear problems. It’s God’s training school of his faithfulness. It’s okay to learn the theory and recite it perfectly but a good teacher will take the students through the practicals as well. Where are you wishing God could shield you from challenges and problems? What challenge is God taking you so that you can see his power at work in you? Light can never be revealed unless there is darkness and a tree by the waterside can never be noticed unless it survives the year of drought. God’s experiments are not meant to destroy us but rather to strengthen us and showcase the world what materials we are made of. Embrace God’s theories but also be prepared for the practicals. We are exhibits of God’s glory and belong to him both to will and to do!
“They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:8 NIV
Last modified: August 4, 2020