Today’s Scripture: But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand. Isaiah 64:8

The following illustration is a true story. Years ago, there was a Bible college student that told his professor, “I want to be just like you.”

The wise professor said, “Ok, let’s pray.” The two bowed their heads and the professor continued, “Lord, I pray that you make both his parents really sick, and I pray that when he gets married, his wife will be sickly for the rest of her life. I want him to have all kinds of financial problems.”

The student turned to his professor and said, “I didn’t want that.”

The professor answered, “You wanted to be like me.”

“Yes.”

“I am how I am today, because these things happened to me.”

This professor understood that God used each of these awful trials in his life so God would stretch and grow him. Had he not gone through the tough times, he would not be the man that he was.

God knows what is best for us, and often what is best hurts a lot. You may be going through a trial, and you have no idea why you are going through it. You may be wondering why you are even serving God. The heartache that goes with service may not seem worth it right now. However, let me assure you; God knows what He is doing. It is more than worth the tough times to serve God. The harder the test is, the greater the blessing will be.

Like this professor, when you have gone through it, you will be able to look back and see how God used it for His purpose. God is the potter, you are the clay. Being molded does not feel good at the time, but the beauty of the design He makes is worth the pain. Trust God in these times of trials, because He knows what He is doing.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder