1 Peter 4:12: Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:

1 Peter 1:7: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

Hebrews 11:36: And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:

Author unknown:

It is when we are in the way of duty that we find giants. It was when Israel was going forward that the giants appeared. When they turned back into the wilderness they found none.

Numbers 13:27b, 28b: . . . We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and . . . we saw the children of Anak there.


The Apostle Paul viewed his trials in much the same way as did a small boy who was leading his sister up a rough mountain path. When her feet grew sore and she complained *It*s not a path at all, it*s all rocky and bumpy,* he responded, *Sure, the bumps are what you climb on.*

Author unknown:

We climbed the height by the zigzag path
And wondered why - until
We understood it was made zigzag
To break the force of the hill.

A road straight up would prove too steep
For the traveler*s feet to tread;
The thought was kind in its wise design
of a zigzag path instead.

It is often so in our daily life;
We fail to understand
That the twisting way our feet must tread
by love alone was planned.

Then murmur not at the winding way,
It is our Father*s will
To lead us Home by the zigzag path,
To break the force of the hill.

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