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a shocking, challenging thought

When you begin to see a person in the middle of a difficult and painful struggle, don’t try to prevent it, but pray that his difficulty will grow even ten times stronger, until no power on earth or in hell could hold him away from Jesus Christ. Over and over again, we try to be amateur providences in someone’s life. We are indeed amateurs, coming in and actually preventing God’s will and saying, "This person should not have to experience this difficulty." Our sympathy gets in the way. You may often have to watch Jesus Christ wreck a life before He saves it.

Oswald Chambers

Reduces us to what is real by breaking down all our illusions.


But what a relief when we're free of them.