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A farmer had an old mule, and one day the old mule accidentally fell into a deep well. Because the well was so deep, the farmer thought there was no way to save the old mule, and he decided to abandon it. But he didn’t have the heart to and, seeing the old mule struggling inside the well, he then decided to use dirt to bury the mule inside the well. When the farmer began to shovel dirt into the well, one spade at a time, the old mule shook off the dirt on its back and then began to climb up onto it. The old mule kept shaking off the dirt and, in the end, because of the old mule’s persistence, the dirt that had been intended to bury it inside the well became the steps it took toward a new life!
There will always be many unfortunate things that happen in life, and we can meet with adversity, setbacks and suffering at any time. When we do, we will always highlight the weaknesses in our human nature: Some people will refuse to go any further and will not dare to carry on; some will fall down after one setback and will not have the willpower to pick themselves back up; some will even sink into despair and will lose the courage to go on living…. To us, tribulation is the dirt that is intended to bury the old mule. If we do not have the spirit and willpower to “shake off the dirt and climb up,” we will only end up buried beneath it.
But there is one type of person who can always face tribulation positively and who, when tribulations befall, can toughen themselves through experience, make up for their shortcomings and steel their willpower. As the saying goes, “When backed into a corner, one fights for one’s life,” their failures, falling down, setbacks and suffering all become the stepping stones for their success. And after they have undergone all these things, they will all sigh and say, “Tribulation is the greatest blessing that God gives to us!”
Sometimes life can be very strange, and the true wealth of life is obtained after undergoing trials and tribulations. No one can gain the truth when circumstances are in their favor, just as Job said when he was undergoing his trial: “But he knows the way that I take: when he has tried me, I shall come forth as gold” (Job 23:10). Job did not flee from God’s trial, for he knew that this trial would toughen him through experience and enable him to understand even more truths. During his trials and tribulations, his faith, obedience and reverence for God were all raised to a higher level.
A truly meaningful life is inseparable from the trials and tribulations God arranges for us in every stage of our lives! As long as we rely on God’s guidance and use our hearts to undergo and experience them, we will surely reap a harvest that beats all others!
The Offering of Isaac - Genesis 22 1 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said to him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. 2 And he said, Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and get you into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering on one of the mountains which I will tell you of. 3And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and split the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went to the place of which God had told him. 4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off. 5 And Abraham said to his young men, Abide you here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you. 6 And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together. 7 And Isaac spoke to Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? 8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together. 9 And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar on the wood. 10 And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. The Sacrifice Averted 11 And the angel of the LORD called to him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. 12 And he said, Lay not your hand on the lad, neither do you any thing to him: for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son from me. 13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. 14 And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen. 15 And the angel of the LORD called to Abraham out of heaven the second time, 16 And said, By myself have I sworn, said the LORD, for because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son: 17 That in blessing I will bless you, and in multiplying I will multiply your seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is on the sea shore; and your seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; 18 And in your seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because you have obeyed my voice. 19 So Abraham returned to his young men, and they rose up and went together to Beersheba; and Abraham dwelled at Beersheba. Recommended: God Treasures One Who Can Listen to His Word and Obey Him Why Did God Command Abraham to Sacrifice Isaac? The Work of God’s Management and Salvation of Mankind Begins With Abraham’s Offering of Isaac God Only Cares About Those Who Are Able to Obey His Words and Follow His Commands
The Crossing of the Jordan (Joshua 3:1-17), And Joshua rose early in the morning; and they removed from Shittim, and came to Jordan, he and all the children of Israel, and lodged there before they passed over. And it came to pass after three days, that the officers went through the host;
Jonah's Prayer Jonah 2:1-10 Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God out of the fish's belly, And said, I cried by reason of my affliction to the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and you heard my voice. For you had cast me into the deep, in the middle of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all your billows and your waves passed over me. Then I said, I am cast out of your sight; yet I will look again toward your holy temple. The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head. I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet have you brought up my life from corruption, O LORD my God. When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in to you, into your holy temple. They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy. But I will sacrifice to you with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD. And the LORD spoke to the fish, and it vomited out Jonah on the dry land. After reading the tale of prophet Jonah, I was moved by God’s love! The people’s wickedness in Nineveh had come up before God. Jonah rejected the call of God because he was not willing to see God save these people who committed many evil deeds. It can be seen that man is selfish and has no love for others while God’s love is selfless. He sent Jonah to Nineveh again to convey His will. Finally, the people in Nineveh had truly repented and gained God’s tolerance and mercy. From this we can see that God has devoted tremendous His efforts to mankind. God is unwilling to destroy humanity as long as there’s half a chance. He hopes mankind can continue to exist. Extended Reading: The Creator Expresses His True Feelings for Humanity The Creator’s Sincere Feelings Toward Mankind Only the Creator Takes Pity on This Mankind Knowing God: Is God Always Merciful and Loving?