In the Evening, Before I go to Sleep

Posted on December 21, 2023 by Elizabeth Welte in Victory Call

In the evening, before going to sleep, I periodically read Streams in the Desert by Mrs. Charles E. Cowman. The devotional I read for November 15th concludes with the following paragraph:

“Difficulties and obstacles are God’s challenges to faith. When hindrances confront us in the path of duty, we are to recognize them as vessels for faith to fill with the fullness and all-sufficiency of Jesus; and as we go forward, simply and fully trusting Him, we may be tested, we may have to wait and let patience have her perfect work; but we shall surely find at last the stone rolled away, and the Lord waiting to render unto us double for our time of testing” (A.B. Simpson, pg. 335).

When I read this that evening, my mind immediately went to the Victory Call I wrote in the past, “When God Shows Up.” What Simpson is saying here, in a much more powerful way, is that when we press through the trials, and the testings, when we wait patiently for God, He shows up. He rolls away the stone and renders us double blessings for the time of testing. Amen and Amen.

When we wait upon God, however long it takes, we are doubly blessed for having done so. Don’t rush ahead of God and try to roll the stone away on your own, all it will get you is exhausted. The stone is there for a reason. Ask God to help you embrace it as His will for your life, today. By tomorrow it may be gone, with glorious rays of Son warming your face once again.


*Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the doctrinal and theological views held by America’s Keswick.



Written by Diane Hunt: Diane Hunt serves on the board of America’s Keswick and is the Executive Director & CEO of Changed Choices, a Christian non-profit in North Carolina. She is also a biblical counselor and women’s event speaker. For more information about having Diane speak at your next event please contact her at

Think About This:  “Immediate success doesn’t build character, integrity, or depth in a human being; patiently waiting on the Lord does.” ― Shelby Abbott

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This Week’s Verse to Memorize:  “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.” 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

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