Just as salt is bitter, but when applied in food, makes it tasty, that is how trials, difficulties, challenges, sufferings, lack etc, though bitter, make our journey with the Lord tasty.
Just as fire boils the salted food and forces it to release a sweet smelling savor or aroma, so do bitter experiences in our journey with the Lord forces out a sweet savor unto the Lord (Genesis 8:20-21) (The salt and the fire are the difficulties, bitter experiences we face while our journey with the Lord is the food presented before the Lord for in all our doings, the Lord will still certify it good or bad 1Corinthians 3:13)
We no longer offer the Lord burnt sacrifices of animals for there’s only one sacrifice pleasing to God and that is the death of Yeshua on the cross of Calvary.
But we offer ourselves (Romans 12:1-2) We deny ourselves the pleasures of this life (Matthew 19:27) We put aside our dreams and ambitions which are selfish, and pick up our cross and follow the Lord (Matthew 16:24-25) They are not as easy as they sound.
TESTIMONY OF OUR SISTER:-
“Click, bang, slide,” were the sounds of the Questelles jail cell door being secured with me on the inside. This was not just a line from my new book One Smooth Stone/Attorney Behind Bars, but indeed it was my reality.
I was dragged out of bed that morning, arrested by the police and bought before the Serious Offences Court Judge. In the absence of my lawyer, justice was not served when the legal system failed me with a presumption of guilt built on false testimony and flimsy evidence.
The familiar saying in John 8:32, that “…the truth will set you free,” felt like mere words to me when I wound up in jail. Just as many before me, I had lost my freedom and liberty.
Throughout my life whenever I had envisioned incarceration, it was in line with Luke 21:12, “They will…put you in prison,.. and all on account of my name.” This however, was not a matter of faith or Christianity but my unwillingness to give up my fight for the truth.
I would not be silenced and sang daily during my incarceration, exactly as Paul and Silas did (Acts 16). Just as James 1 tells us to be joyful in our persecution, there is tremendous power in our worship. It opened prison doors (Acts 16:25,26) and destroyed the walls of Jericho (Joshua 6).
I should never have been the victim of false arrest and imprisonment but that was my cross to bear, and every one of us will likewise experience various trials and hardships.
Be encouraged that when you are weak, you are strong (2 Corinthians 12:10), and although in our own strength we will struggle to worship our way out of the storm, with God we “…can do all things through Christ who strengthens” us (Philippians 4:13)”
The Lord said to Ananias that He, the Lord, would show Paul how much he must suffer for the gospel (Acts 9: 15-16)
The sufferings of Paul, the sufferings of the apostles, the sufferings of the believers – a sweet smelling savor before the Lord for it pleases him to be so (2 Timothy 3:12)
“Foxes have holes, birds of the air have nests, but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head” (Luke 9:58) Are you ready for that challenge?
“If the Lord did not reduce the number of days,…(Mark 13:20, Matthew 24:22) He can only reduce the number of days but will not completely wipe it out for it pleases him to be so.
Revelation 2:8-11, “To the angel of the church in Smyrna, …I know thy works, and tribulations and poverty…and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews…Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you in prison, that ye may be tried, and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, …”
He never promised them deliverance for it pleases him to be so – a sweet smelling savor unto the Lord for precious is the death of his saints (Psalm 116:15)
“And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest for a little season, UNTIL THEIR FELLOW SERVANTS also AND THEIR BRETHREN, THAT SHOULD BE KILLED AS THEY WERE, SHOULD BE FULFILLED.” (Revelation 6:11)
It pleases the Lord that it should be so, a sweet smelling savor unto the Lord.
Luke 9:62 says,”And Yeshua said unto him, No man, having put his hands to the plough, and looking back is fit for the kingdom of God.” You are not permitted to resign in the affairs of God.
Death do them part in marriage, but in this race, death joins you with your Saviour.
God bless you.