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Jonah’s Prayer and Deliverance – Jonah 2:1 – 2:10

Billy Graham - God disciplines us to condition us

Billy Graham comments on the subject: “If life were all easy, wouldn’t we become flabby? When a ship’s carpenter needed timber to make a mast for a sailing vessel, he did not cut it in the valley, but up on the mountainside where the trees had been buffeted by the winds. These trees, he knew, were the strongest of all. Hardship is not our choice; but if we face it bravely, it can toughen the fiber of our souls. God does not discipline us to subdue us, but to condition us for a life of usefulness and blessedness.” (The Billy Graham Christian Worker’s Handbook (World Wide Publications, Minneapolis, MN, 1984, pp. 53-54)