Close your eyes and think of the most unthinkable thing you’ve been through. Remember it. Feel it. Got it?
Tell me why it happened. Can you? You never saw it coming, right? Never in a million years would you have even conceived the thought that it may happen…but it did.
I know from experience God can use anything – ANYTHING for His good. After all, if we’ve professed our loyalty to Him it’s ultimately His goodness and character that are at stake – not just our reputations, feelings or plans. Ultimately it’s His love for His child that you and those around you will see. It isn’t always pretty or comfortable and certainly it’s not what we expect as His beloved! We expect wonderful, good things – we’ve somehow convinced ourselves bad things shouldn’t happen to us because we’re His!
What if we changed our focus to try to see through the pain in a godly perspective? What if what we’ve been through or going through has very little to do with us? What if God CHOSE you to suffer just so you can show the lost ones around you that no matter what He’s good? He’s faithful? He won’t abandon us when we’ve messed up, fallen short or been devastated by events we had nothing to do with? What if there’s someone in our lives who needs to see someone they love and admire handle things with faith in Him when everything else has been torn away?
We’re called to be witnesses – not just to the corners of the world but right in our neighborhoods! That’s our Jerusalem; that’s as real as it gets. When we dare to swallow our pride, to stop worrying how we’ll be thought of or talked about and live out our faith, God will bless us. He’s the ultimate witness protection program – you’re being used to show Him and share Him with someone else. If He allowed it to happen, how can there not be good come from it?
Maybe we’ve been selected to suffer for His glory. If so, we can believe He will protect, comfort and heal us all the way through it. Do we dare trust Him that much?
“You are My witnesses,” declares the Lord, “And My servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe Me and understand that I am He.” Isaiah 43:10