A Spectacle…

In the introduction to the book, In the Arena, Isobel Kuhn explains the title:

“…I talked in my heart to Him who has always been my refuge.  ‘Lord, why do I have to be put in such situations as this?’  And immediately the words came:  For I think that God hath set forth us…last…for we are made a spectacle unto the world (I Cor. 4:9).

A spectacle—that was just how I had felt…So it was, indirectly, for Christ’s sake, and the thought comforted me.” ~pg.  7

“I had cried unto Him and that verse had flashed back to me like an answer.  ‘A spectacle—for Him.’  Was I willing?” ~pg. 8

“The purpose of the Arena experience is not for our punishment; it is that God might be revealed.”

Hudson Taylor said, “Difficulties afford a platform upon which He can show Himself.  Without them we could never know how tender, faithful, and almighty our God is.” ~pg. 9

A verse Isobel Kuhn keeps discussing throughout the book is Phil. 3:10,

“That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;”

Life has been challenging lately.  There certainly are times when I feel like a spectacle, but these words bring me comfort.

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3 thoughts on “A Spectacle…

  1. That imagery has often come to mind since I first read it years ago. It helps both in resting in God’s purposes, that Christ may be revealed in whatever we’re going through, and in letting others see that when we’d rather go through those experiences privately.

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