Faith is grown in the fire, not the A/C

by Kevin on November 24, 2010

I cheeked the horse around and went to step up into the stirrup, but something didn’t feel right. I put my foot back down and wondered if my sub-conscience was trying to warn me of something.

I checked the saddle, the horse, my leggings, the bit and bridle, and even underneath the saddle blanket. I couldn’t find anything that was amiss or wrong.

I lifted my foot once again in the stirrup and mentally readied myself for what would happen. I knew that this bronc was going to try me. I knew that this first saddle was probably going to be rough on both of us. My mind sorted through the various circumstances I had been in with countless other horses. As my foot touched the stirrup, I figured out what was wrong. I laughed out loud as I stood there next to the bronc.

I wasn’t scared anymore.

All the times before, when I knew that a horse was going to pitch with me, I always got a little nervous and scared. I had been bucked off so many times and had ridden so many bucking horses, that I had finally grown accustomed to the way things went when you broke horses.

That doesn’t mean that I was completely fine with getting throwed off on my head. For the first time though, the fear didn’t have me in a choke hold. I had been through the fire enough to know when to hang on and when to get off.

1 Peter 1:7

These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.

There are going to many times in your Christian life that you will get bucked off and trampled. Sometimes by strangers. Sometimes by friends. Sometimes by family. Sometimes by life.

This is when you must totally rely on God and know that even if it does kill you, the result will be heaven. Anyone can have faith when the ride is smooth, but having faith and completely following God’s will in the bad times is when your faith is grown.

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  • Mickey Perritt

    Thanks for this post, Kevin. I’ve been havin’ a little battle in my head with a few demons, this post has helped me know that the Boss will help guide me down the right trail.
    I love all your post and SCV, you help me more than you could know.

    Thanks again,

    • Kevin

      Your welcome Mickey. I’m glad that God can take such simple stories and help not only you, but me as well.
      God Bless

  • Don Coyote

    Used to ride bulls back in the days when I was bullet-proof. Ya get sucked down into the well, hand hung up in yer rope, faith abides in the Boss, hope is for a good rodeo clown. However, as you pointed out, one way or another, the Good Lord’s comin’ through.

    Happy Thanksgiving to one and all.

    • Kevin

      Happy Thanksgiving to you also amigo.

  • Don Coyote

    Thanks, compadre.

    Although not a formal holiday down here, we find something to thank the Boss for everyday.

  • Donna Peoples

    Kevin, I want to thank you for all your devotionals…. They help me find inner strength to go on a little easier. Whenever I am having alot of hits in my life and stess and I feel like I just want to give it all up and can’t go on anymore this way your devotional always seems to hit exactly what is happening and how I am feeling and you help give me the my answers that I pray for every night and day…. I am soo glad that the church became a part of my life and I know yall are there just like family back home and I am soo happy to say I will be there for Bobby’s aniversary and will be at services on December 12th. I am soo looking forward to seeing yall and just be able to worship with friends again. Thanks from the depths of my heart. Donna

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