Struggles, heartaches, hardships and tragedies seem nothing more than senseless, purposeless and unfair when they invade our lives. We have all asked at least once before, “Why am I going through this God?”
We have racked our brains, trying to make sense of the chaos, brokenness and malaise, only to find no answers…just more hurt and frustration.
In our human understanding, actions and consequences go hand-in-hand. So when something unpleasant occurs, our minds immediately shift into overdrive, trying to find the cause or source of blame.
Sometimes, we end up incorrectly faulting ourselves.
Consequently, we get a bad case of the “If-I-had-only’s.” This is when we become a judge and put ourselves on trial. After that, we switch our vocation to that of a scientist closely examining ourselves through a microscopic lens. We futilely hypothesize and analyze how we stumbled so greatly as to warrant such divine punishment and retribution.
We enquire of the Lord the way the disciples did in John 9:2 when they came across the man who was blind from birth. “His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’”
The disciples were thinking in their limited understanding that wrongdoing was the culprit. But Jesus quickly corrected that misguided assumption in verse 3. "’Neither this man nor his parents sinned,’" said Jesus, ‘but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.’”
In his case, it was nobody’s fault. This man was not on the receiving end of some sort of vicious judgment.
Quite the contrary, God had chosen his circumstance to be a miraculous testimony that would fuel the faith of present and future generations. Not only did God restore this man’s sight, but, through his trial and subsequent deliverance, the Lord was able to open the eyes of the spiritually blind.
People who saw and learned of this miracle began believing in Jesus Christ and worshiping Him as Lord and savior.
Isn’t that awesome?
Just like the blind man in the book of John, God will take your struggle and use it to transform someone else’s life.
Today, I want you to know your pain is not in vain.
Though you and I can’t always see the point of our suffering, there is purpose that can be derived from it.
I’m a living witness!
Your struggle will be your testimony if you don’t give up before you see the conclusion of the matter. To remind you that your pain is not in vain and that God will use it for His glory, I’m stirring Romans 8:18 NIV into your cup of inspiration. It says, “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”
When you drink down the contents of our cup, you will draw strength from knowing that God will use our darkest days as beacons of light to illuminate our path, thereby revealing both His purpose and glory.
Your suffering, sorrow, and most intense heartaches are not in vain.
God will use every pain for the Kingdom.
Now let’s pray.
God, hurting hurts… so badly. Trouble, obstacles and difficulties can be really tough to handle and deal with in life. But when I go through, please help me remember that today’s struggle is tomorrow’s story of divine deliverance and breakthrough. Right now, I ask for Your strength and grace to stand through the test, so I can emerge on the other side with a powerful testimony. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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