We hear so much talk today about how to be successful. It is time the body of Christ learns to recognize the scriptural pattern God uses to produce His chosen servants. And the hard truth is this: Pain, torment, sorrow and failure have produced the men and women of God who have stirred their generations.
Consider Job, the man who failed in his motives. Job said, "I have never harmed anybody - I know I have been righteous. " Although Job was a godly man who shunned evil, it is evident he was convinced of his own righteousness. After reading the book of Job, you'll wonder how God could have had such high regard for a man who was so proud of his own goodness. Yet God knew what He was doing when He allowed Satan to prove and test Job for a season. Consider also David, the man who failed in his morals. Can you imagine such a steadfast man of valor falling into such blatant sin? How could David have fallen so low as to indulge in adultery - and then commit murder to cover it up? Can you comprehend that, even after all this, David was still called "a man after God's own heart"?
Consider Peter, the man who failed in his mission. He had an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ and a personal call on his life from the Lord. He was entrusted with the keys to the kingdom. Yet this disciple and friend of Jesus later stood on a hillside weeping, having rejected and cursed the very Christ he so loved. But in spite of his failure, Peter became a man who was miraculously transformed - and who served as God's spokesman at Pentecost. Finally, consider Jesus - the Son of God, who was touched by all of these men's infirmities and testings, and who is touched by ours as well.
What are the processes used in the making of a man or woman of God? What forces and pressures does God use to produce righteousness in those who love Him? What deep, hard, cold battles must a person face who wants the touch of God? If you really want to know the answer, first be warned: Don't pray, "Jesus, put Your hand on me and use me, " unless you are willing to face the trials that must com