Tempests are Trainers


He Hath Said

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer various trials, so that the authenticity of your faith…may result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. -1 Peter 1:6-7

Faith untried may be true faith, but it is sure to be little faith. I believe in the existence of faith in men who have no trials, but that is as far as I can go. I am persuaded, brethren, that where there is no trial faith just draws breath enough to live, but that is all; for faith, like the fabled salamander, has fire for its native element. Faith never prospers so well as when all things are against her: tempests are trainers, and the lightnings are her illuminators. When a calm reigns on the sea, spread the sails as you will, the ship moves not to its…

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