Tag: Breaking Point

His Testing Room Of Suffering!

John MacDuffby John MacDuff

“I have tested you in the furnace of affliction!” Isaiah 48:10

I stood once in the test room of a great steel mill. All around me were little partitions and compartments. Steel had been tested to the limit, and marked with figures that showed its breaking point. Some pieces had been twisted until they broke, and the strength of torsion was marked on them. Some had been stretched to the breaking point, and their tensile strength indicated. Some had been compressed to the crushing point, and also marked. The master of the steel mill knew just what these pieces of steel would stand under strain. He knew just what they would bear if placed in a great ship, or building, or bridge. He knew this, because his testing room revealed it.

It is often so with God’s children. God does not want us to be like fragile vases of glass or porcelain. He would have us like these toughened pieces of steel–able to bear twisting and stretching and crushing to the uttermost, without collapse.

He wants us to be, not hot-house plants–but storm-beaten oaks. He wants us to be, not sand dunes driven with every gust of wind–but granite rocks withstanding the fiercest storms! To make us such, He needs to bring us into His testing room of suffering.

Many of us need no other argument than our own experiences to prove that suffering is indeed God’s testing room of faith.

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds–because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.” James 1:2-3

“When He has tested me–I will come forth as gold!” Job 23:10

by John MacDuff

Europeans At The Breaking Point

Todd Strandberg 90x115by Todd Strandberg

Last week, the European Central Bank loaned 800 financial institutions $712.2 billion for a period of three years. It was just last December when 523 banks borrowed $645 billion from the ECB. Since the start of the global financial crisis, central banks have printed over $10 trillion.

Massive issuance of money ensures that Europe will never be able to escape its debt problems. The loans have created a huge moral hazard. They encourage the same behavior that got Europe into the financial mess it finds itself in, and provide no incentive for governments to get their budgets under control. Now that Greece has just been given a second bailout, other member nations may expect to receive the same generous treatment. An indication of this mindset could be the reason Spain raised its budget shortfall target from 4.4 percent to 5.8 percent of GDP.