‘Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. (Romans 8:37 KJV).
I have never seen a well designed auditorium without a platform of some kind to exhibit or showcase a character, an orator or a performer. The aim is that the audience will have a clear view of the central figure or performer.
If you speak to some actors and actresses they will tell you that being on a platform or stage gives them stage fright. Some even say that stage fright provides that high and tingling sensation and adrenalin they need which makes them give their very best to their performances and makes them a success at what they do. To them being on stage is like ‘having a Cliff edge experience’. The responses or reactions you allow yourself to make at this time will either result in the best performance of your life or professional suicide in your acting career. All eyes are on you. You either rise to the occasion or slink back in fear.
Although life is not a play and there are no rehearsals, it is often the case that without pressure, the best does not come out of us.
The world as a whole is like an audience in an auditorium looking to see or be a witness to what the great playwright of life has written concerning you and how it pans out in the end. You are God’s leading man or leading lady. God specialises in putting you on the stage or platform of life through the unique things you suffer, your cliff edge experiences.
The willingness to go through great suffering and to bear up under that suffering without giving up on yourself and on God always pays off. It removes the dross and reveals the gold in you which is what God wants. He wants to reveal his glory in you. He is not irresponsible, he loves you and he is intimately aware of how much you can take. The problem is that you yourself may not be aware of the value he has placed on the inside of you. The sheer tenacity and endurance of the human soul and spirit is usually hidden from us until an unavoidable demand is placed on it.
You shy away from the platform, often just satisfied with being one of the audience. It is however your cliff edge experiences that single you out and serve as a platform for introducing you to the greatness that God has placed on the inside of you. Revealing this is more important to God than simply giving you a comfortable and a convenient, suffering – free life. God wants to show off to the heavens, the earth and hell just how much like him you are.
Your true value is in the eternal, indestructible, valuable components of your soul and your spirit and if need be the body must sometimes be allowed to suffer to unearth the treasure within. Even Jesus was ‘led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil’ (Matthew 4:1 KJV). Great men and women are discovered in the abyss of great suffering.
“They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep. For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof. They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble. They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end…………. Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven”. (Psalm 107:23-27, 30 KJV).
‘My Brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. but let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing’.(James 1:2-4 KJV)
It is in the valley of the shadow of death, that God anoints your head with oil. That is where he prepares a table before you in the presence of your enemies. Although it doesn’t feel like it, he is very present with you.
So don’t look at your challenges , your reproach, your great suffering that seems so unfair and ask ‘why me’? Instead, give thanks that you have been chosen to showcase the glory of God. That this moment of trials and suffering cannot and will not compare to the greatness and the blessing it will release and reveal in you. The things you loose or have to live with or without actually make room for you to access what you would not normally have access to.
Therefore don’t underestimate the value of your Cliff edge experiences. Stand boldly in the face of the storm and remember his eyes are on you. Don’t waste this platform that God himself has set up for you. Let the greatness in you be revealed.
“Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord”. (Romans 8:37-39 KJV).
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end”. (Jeremiah 29:11 KJV).