On the GriddlePosted: January 24, 2014
Reference: 1 Corinthians 3:12-15
Please excuse my bit of doggerel (bad poetry):
Here I sit on the griddle,
Not at the edge but the middle,
Awash in hot grease,
Can’t you just hear me sizzle?
Sometimes the Lord gives us a need, something to pray for, something to believe, a promise, conviction for sins, consequences of our human weakness or disobedience; and rather than giving quick release, He holds us there, sizzling, perhaps for a long period. We squirm, we try to jump out, we ask God why.
We rebuke Satan for persecution, and pray for deliverance.
Yet when the Lord holds us on the griddle, He has a higher purpose. On the griddle, we are tried by the fire. Every perishable and flammable thing in us, and in the baggage we carry, is seared, and burns away, a little bit at a time. We begin to learn what is tried, and true, and precious, and worthy, and eternal. We are melted down, and the dross that rises is skimmed away. We choose whether to become bitter or better.
If we escape the griddle prematurely, we interrupt the process. We might need to return later.
Do not shun the griddle. The Lord is treating you with discipline, as his child who carries his name (Hebrews 12:5-11). He has a higher purpose, and a higher calling than leaving you where you are, as you are. He works in you a work of submission to him, as well as trust, endurance, and faith.
Hebrews 5:8 “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered.”
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