This Thing Is of God

by Jan Silvious

In her essay, "This Thing Is From Me," Laura Snow says: "This day I place in your hands this pot of holy oil; make use of it freely, my child. Let every circumstance as it arises, every word that pains you, every interruption that would make you impatient, and every revelation of your own weakness, be anointed with it! Remember, interruptions are divine instructions. The sting will go as you learn to see Me in all things.").

If you are feeling stretched beyond your resourcesif you are beginning to wonder where all the pressure is coming fromif you are questioning whether the Lord is aware of your stress, consider that "this thing" may be from His hand.).

Could it be that God is in the process of educating you? A loving Father would not leave His children ignorant, ill-prepared, and uneducated, but would see to it that they learn valuable lessons that will equip them for the complex and difficult days ahead.).

Are you in financial straits because of the failing economy or because you have more needs than you can cover? Could God be teaching you a lesson in high finance? Could He be saying, "I want you to depend on Meto come to Me for your needsI want to teach you how to use what I give you?").

What about your relationships? Has someone betrayed your confidence? Put a knife in your back and slandered you? Could God be teaching you that He is the only One you can count on? He alone will never leave you nor forsake you, nor will He be your accuser.).

Are you under the stress of plans that have gone awry? Are you struggling because you were just sure that God wanted you to tackle that problem? Could it be that in your independence you have bitten off too much and He is trying to teach you, "The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone" (Ex. 18:18).

Whatever it is, my friend, you may feel that you are under stress, but I assure you that you are in school. God knows every assignment you are facing and what it will take for you to graduate with honors!

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