Aug 23, 2011

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Problems Have a Purpose

Problems Have a Purpose

This was in a devotional I read through recently, Up Words – with Max Lucado. I just wanted to share this as I am becoming so much more aware of the unfathomable nature of God.  His pursuit of us in divine love leaves me speachless all the time.  When all is stripped away and I am down to the core of my being, I have nothing left but to surrender to whatever He has in store for my existance on this earth.  Everything is in the scope of Him who made us and works for His Glory.  If you are struggling, going through heartache and pain, or just need to be reminded to trust in the Lord, take a read through this devotional.

 

Problems Have a Purpose

Trust me in your times of trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory.
Psalm 50:15 NLT

God will use whatever he wants to display his glory. Heavens and stars. History and nations.
People and problems. My dying dad in West Texas.

The last three years of his life were scarred by ALS. The disease took him from a healthy
mechanic to a bedbound paralytic. He lost his voice and his muscles, but he
never lost his faith. Visitors noticed. Not so much in what he said but more in
what he didn’t say. Never outwardly angry or bitter, Jack Lucado suffered
stately.

His faith led one man to seek a like faith. After the funeral this man sought me out and
told me. Because of my dad’s example, he became a Jesus follower.

Did God orchestrate my father’s illness for that very reason? Knowing the value he
places on one soul, I wouldn’t be surprised. And imagining the splendor of
heaven, I know my father’s not complaining.

A season of suffering is a small assignment when compared to the reward.

Rather than begrudge your problem, explore it. Ponder it. And most of all, use it. Use it
to the glory of God. . . .

Your pain has a purpose. Your problems, struggles, heartaches, and hassles cooperate
toward one end—the glory of God.

—from It’s Not About Me

Heavenly Father,

when problems and pain come my way, help me to remember that nothing
comes into my life without your approval. Rather than complain and cry about
the challenges I face, help me consider them as opportunities to bring glory to
you. Give me the strength and patience to bear my burdens in a way that will
honor you. I will lift my eyes off the trials and keep them fixed firmly on
you, amen.

Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will
deliver us.

Daniel 3:17

Not a word failed of any good thing which the Lord had spoken to the house of Israel.
All came to pass.

Joshua 21:45

Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.
Psalm 34:19

  1. Glenn, thanks for sharing. It is hard sometimes to try to understand why bad things happen in our lives. I think this post sums it up that we need to trust in God, because only He knows his divine plan.

  2. The more God open's my eyes, the more I see that I don't see. We are unable to see the whole picture that God is painting. Part of faith is being OK with being whatever part of the picture God asks us to be and then being OK with what we don't see. Thanks for sharing Glenn. God Bless.

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