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Tested Faith Is Strong Faith
James 1:2-1:5
By: Jim Dunn

Intro:
One man’s life provides a dramatic answer to the question, can God indeed bring positives out of troubled
times? This young man’s name is David, and he is an awesome picture of God’s using difficulties for good.
For years he viewed trials as something that affected only his external world, and any blow to what he owned or
how he looked would discourage him and leave him feeling cheated. Today, David travels around the world, talking with people about how he discovered that no matter what happens to the outside, it’s the internal life that trials really touch. Just like what happened in Jerry’s life (whose story we shared in the last chapter), the bigger the trial, the more potential to see God’s power and peace at work in the inner person.

During the Vietnam War, David went through rigorous training to become part of the ultra elite special forces team the Navy used on dangerous search-and-destroy missions. During a nighttime raid on an enemy stronghold, David experienced the greatest trial of his life. When he and his men were pinned down by enemy machine-gun fire, he pulled a phosphorus grenade from his belt and stood up to throw it. But as he pulled back his arm, a bullet hit the grenade, and it exploded next to his ear.

Lying on his side on the bank of a muddy river, he watched part of his face float by. His entire face and shoulder alternately smoldered and caught on fire as the phosphorus that had embedded itself in his body came into contact with the air. David knew that he was going to die, yet miraculously he didn’t. He was pulled from the water by his fellow soldiers, flown directly to Saigon, and then taken to a waiting plane bound for Hawaii.

But David’s problems were just beginning. When he first went into surgery -- the first of what would become
dozens of operations -- the surgical team had a major problem during the operation. As they cut away tissue that had been burned or torn by the grenade, the phosphorus would hit the oxygen in the operating room and begin to ignite again! Several times the doctors and nurses ran out of the room, leaving him alone because they were afraid the oxygen used in surgery would explode! Incredibly, David survived the operation and was taken to a ward that held the most severe burn and injury cases from the war.

Lying on his bed, his head the size of a basketball, David knew he presented a grotesque picture. Although he had once been a handsome man, he knew he had nothing to offer his wife or anyone else because of his appearance.
He felt more alone and more worthless than he had ever felt in his life. But David wasn’t alone in his room.
There was another man who had been wounded in Vietnam and was also a nightmarish sight. He had lost an arm and a leg, and his face was badly torn and scarred. As David was recovering from surgery, this man’s wife arrived from the States. When she walked into the room and took one look at her husband, she became
nauseated. She took off her wedding ring, put it on the nightstand next to him, and said, "I’m so sorry, but
there’s no way I could live with you looking like that." And with that, she walked out the door. He could barely make any sounds through his torn throat and mouth, but the soldier wept and shook for hours. Two days later, he died. That woman’s attitude represents in many respects the way the world views a victim of accident or injury. If a trial emotionally or physically scars someone or causes him to lose his attractiveness, the world says "Ugly is bad," and consequently, any value that person feels he has to others is drained away. For this poor wounded soldier, knowing that his wife saw no value in him was more terrible than the wounds he suffered. It blew away his last hope that someone, somewhere, could find worth in him because he knew how the world would perceive him.

Three days later, David’s wife arrived. After watching what had happened with the other soldier, he had no
idea what kind of reaction she would have toward him, and he dreaded her coming. His wife, a strong Christian,
took one look at him, came over, and kissed him on the only place on his face that wasn’t bandaged. In a
gentle voice she said, "Honey, I love you. I’ll always love you. And I want you to know that whatever it
takes, whatever the odds, we can make it together." She hugged him where she could to avoid disturbing his
injuries and stayed with him for the next several days. Watching what had happened with the other man’s
wife and seeing his own wife’s love for him gave David tremendous strength. More than that, her
understanding and accepting him greatly reinforced his own relationship with the Lord.

In the weeks and months that followed, David’s wounds slowly but steadily healed. It took dozens of
operations and months of agonizing recovery, but today, miraculously, David can see and hear. On national
television, we heard David make an incredible statement. I am twice the person I was before I went to Vietnam.
For one thing, God has used my suffering to help me feel other people’s pain and to have an incredible burden to reach people for Him. The Lord has let me have a worldwide, positive effect on people’s lives because of what I went through. I wouldn’t trade anything I’ve gone through for the benefits my trials have had in my life, on my family’s life and on countless teenagers and adults I’ve had the opportunity to influence over the years. David experienced a trial that no parents would wish on their children. Yet in spite of all the tragedy that surrounded him, God turned his troubled times into fruitful ones.

Gary Smalley and John Trent, Ph.D., The Gift of Honor, pp. 56-58.

I. Tested Faith Brings About A Depth Of Character. (Rom. 5:3-5)

II. Tested Faith Enables Us To Comfort and Encourage Others. (2 Cor. 1:3-5)

III. Tested Faith Increases Dependence On God For Wisdom. (James 1:5; 3:17-18)

IV. Tested Faith Encourages Us To Lead A Productive and Effective Life. (2 Peter 1:5-9)

V. Tested Faith Helps Us Identify With Christ. (Matthew 4:1-11; Hebrews 5:7-10)

VI. Tested Faith Allows Us To Focus On Our Future Hope In Christ. (Romans 8:18-24)

Conclusion:
On December 29, 1987, a Soviet cosmonaut returned to the earth after 326 days in orbit. He was in good health, which hasn’t always been the case in those record-breaking voyages. Five years earlier, touching down after 211 days in space, two cosmonauts suffered from dizziness, high pulse rates, and heart palpitations. They couldn’t walk for a week, and after 30 days, they were still undergoing therapy for atrophied muscles andweakened hearts. At zero gravity, the muscles of the body begin to waste away because there is no resistance.
To counteract this, the Soviets prescribed a vigorous exercise program for the cosmonauts. They invented the
"penguin suit," a running suit laced with elastic bands. It resists every move the cosmonauts make, forcing them to exert their strength. Apparently the regimen is working.

We often long dreamily for days without difficulty, but God knows better. The easier our life, the weaker our
spiritual fiber, for strength of any kind grows only by exertion.

Sermon By: Jim Dunn
Website: heavenwd.tripod.com/sanjosebaptistchurch/


 
 
 
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