Experience is a brutal teacher, but you learn, my God you do learn. – C.S Lewis
I came across this quote today and realized just how true it is. As Christians we never stop learning, it’s a continual process until we die. We may think we have it all together, then God brings us through another time of teaching and learning (which 99.8% of the time is never a pleasant experience when you go through it) and the circumstances that He’ll use are most likely harder and more difficult then the last time He taught something.
I like how J. I. Packer puts it…”Sooner or later, the truth will be that God is now exercising His Child – His consecrated child – in the ways of adult godliness, as He exercised Job, etc, by exposing them to strong attacks from the world, the flesh, and the devil, so that their powers of resistance might grow stronger. All of the children of God undergo this treatment – it is part of the ‘chastening of the Lord’ (Hebrews 12:15, echoing Job 5:17; Proverbs 3:11), to which He subjects every son whom He loves.”
Thank God He cares enough for us, that He continually brings us through hard lessons, that will in the end bring us into a deeper, more meaningful relationship with Him.