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You perhaps recall the story of the blacksmith who gave his heart to God. Though conscientious in his living, still he was not prospering materially. In fact, it seemed that from the time of his conversion more trouble, affliction and loss were sustained than ever before. Everything seemed to be going wrong.

One day a friend who was not a Christian stopped at the little forge to talk to him. Sympathizing with him in some of his trials, the friend said, “It seems strange to me that so much affliction should pass over you, just at the time when you have become an earnest Christian. Of course I don’t want to weaken your faith in God, or anything like that. But here you are seeking God’s help and guidance, and yet things seem to be getting worse. I can’t help wondering why it is.”

The blacksmith did not answer immediately, and it was evident that he had thought of the same question before. But finally he said, “You see the raw iron which I have here to make into horseshoes. You know what I do with it? I take a piece and heat it in the fire until it is red, almost white with the heat. Then I hammer it unmercifully to shape it as I know it should be shaped. Then I plunge it into a pail of cold water to temper it. Then I heat it again and hammer it some more. And this I do until it is finished.”

“But sometimes I find a piece of iron that won’t stand up under this treatment. The heat and hammering and the cold water are too much for it. I don’t know why it fails in the process, but I know it will never make a good horseshoe.”

He pointed out a heap of scrap iron that was near the door of his shop. “When I get a piece that cannot take the shape and temper, I throw it out on the scrap heap. It will never be good for anything.”

He went on, “I know that God has been holding me in the fires of affliction and I have felt his hammer upon me. But I don’t mind, if only He can bring me to what I should be. And so in all these hard things, my prayer is simply this: Try me any way You wish, Lord, only don’t throw me on the scrap heap.”

--Story told by Dave Robinson


1 Peter 4:12-13

Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 1, pp. 706-707

These trials of life are God's workmen to remove the impurities, infirmities, and roughness from our characters, and fit us for the society of pure, heavenly angels in glory. But as we pass through these trials, as the fires of affliction kindle upon us, we must not keep the eye on the fire which is seen, but let the eye of faith fasten upon the things unseen, the eternal inheritance, the immortal life, the eternal weight of glory; and while we do this the fire will not consume us, but only remove the dross, and we shall come forth seven times purified, bearing the impress of the Divine.


When you are forgotten or neglected or purposely set at nought and you can smile inwardly glorying in the insult or the oversight—
that is victory!

When your good is evil spoken of, when your wishes are crossed, your tastes offended, your advice disregarded, your opinions ridiculed and you take it all in patient and loving silence—
that is victory!

When you are content with any food and raiment, any climate and society, any solitude, any interruption—
that is victory!

When you can bear with any discord, any irregularity, any unpunctuality, any annoyance—
that is victory!

When you can stand face to face with waste, folly, extravagance, spiritual insensibility, and endure it all as Jesus endured it—
that is victory!

When you never care to refer to yourself in conversation, or to record your own good works, or to seek after commendation, when you can truly love to be unknown—
that is victory!

--Author Unknown


1 John 5:3-4

For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

Revelation 15:2

And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, [and] over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.

The Signs of the Times, February 18, 1903

The standard is high to which we must attain if we would be children of God, pure, holy, and undefiled. How could we reach this standard if there were no difficulties to meet, no obstacles to surmount, nothing to develop patience and endurance? Trials are not the smallest blessings that come to us. They are designed to nerve us to determination to succeed. Instead of allowing them to hinder, oppress, and destroy us, we are to use them as God's means of enabling us to gain the victory over self.

The Review and Herald, February 25, 1909

We become overcomers by helping others to overcome. We overcome by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of our testimony.