“Oh that I might have my request; and that God would grant me the thing that I long for! Even that it would please God to destroy me; that he would let loose his hand, and cut me off! Then should I yet have comfort; yea, I would harden myself in sorrow: let him not spare; for I have not concealed the words of the Holy One. What is my strength, that I should hope? and what is mine end, that I should prolong my life? Is my strength the strength of stones? or is my flesh of brass? Is not my help in me? and is wisdom driven quite from me?”
Sometimes, the burdens we think are so gigantic, really aren’t.
Have I ever experienced sorrow and pain to the extent of Job’s? No, but whatever you’re going through, as a result of living in a sin-cursed planet, God will use it to draw you closer to Him.
That is what Paul meant when he stated that God works all things for good to those who love Him.
This doesn’t mean that God will allow His children to only have good things, but that even the evil that troubles our hearts and lives will be used by God for our good.
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Perhaps the greatest example is the crucifixion of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. If Jesus had not suffered on our behalf, we would not have received our eternal inheritance in Heaven. What was meant for evil, God used for good.
And how about the story of Joseph? His jealous brothers sold him into slavery and told Jacob, their father, that he had been killed and eaten by a wild animal. But, look at that, what his brothers had intended for evil, God used for good.
Genesis 50:20 — But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good…
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Joseph became the second most powerful man in Egypt and used his position to save his family from a terrible famine, that could have wiped them out.
The Bible is filled with men and women who went through difficult, trying, painful times. You’d be hard-pressed to find many whose trials did not turn out for good — even if that good did not occur in the individual’s own lifetime. Paul became a “fool” for Christ, endured many trials and even something he referred to as a “thorn in the flesh.” He did so in order that we might be encouraged by his testimony, to “endure all things in Christ Jesus,” so that we might obtain the joy that accompanies a life fully submitted to God. God said it best. “My Grace is sufficient for thee.”
Trials are inevitable. Hardships will come aplenty but we have a hope and we should not behave as though we don’t.
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The hardest thing is to not let circumstances dictate how we react. God wants us to trust Him to lead us. In fact, God will use our difficult circumstances to teach us to rely on Him and not our own craftiness. He will use pain to cause us to listen.
No, I’m not saying He will make terrible things happen to us, but He will use them, according to His sovereign will. He created the world, you and me, and knows everything. He has something good in mind up ahead.
He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.
God loves His children. He knows better than we do what we truly need.
Romans 8:28 – And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.
Our Father God is perfect, loving and He is faithful. Trust in His plan for you. Take one step at a time, allowing His glory to light your way through the darkness. You may not always understand His will, but His track record speaks for itself. God is good — all the time.
Scars and struggles on the way
But with joy our hearts can say
Never once did we ever walk alone
Carried by Your constant grace
Held within Your perfect peace
Never once, no, we never walk alone
“Never Once” – Matt Redman