Simple thought today:
As we go through new trials in life, down roads not quite like any we’ve experienced before, we, as we cling to our Savior, get to know one of Jesus’ characteristics more intimately. We experience an aspect of Him that we haven’t had to embrace before. And perhaps He allows these trials partially for just this reason. So that we will know, really know, His character deeper. So we will KNOW Him more intimately.
And though He cares about the BIG picture of our circumstances, in fact He cares for all the details, maybe, just maybe He wants us to not focus on the chaos, the hubbub surrounding us. But instead, He wants us to give attention to His soothing voice that draws us to obedience. The Voice that is calling us by name to take small steps of faith in areas that He sees we need to depend more deeply on Him. He will take care of the big picture. That’s not necessarily our concern. Our concern is obeying where He’s leading us personally.
I can’t control the big picture. But I can choose to obey His gentle voice calling me to take small steps of obedience. Because He’s more interested in my character and in me KNOWING Him than He is about me understanding or trying to control the trial. As Rick Warren states so beautifully, He’s more interested in my character than in my comfort. And today, I praise Him for being my TRUTH, my DEFENDER, the One who covers me with His RIGHTEOUSNESS so that I’m APPROVED, the One who LOVES and FORGIVES me and gives me His LOVE and FORGIVENESS so I can LOVE and FORGIVE others.
God’s Purpose Is Greater Than Your Problems or Pain
BY RICK WARREN — MAY 7, 2015
“This small and temporary trouble we suffer will bring us a tremendous and eternal glory, much greater than the trouble.” (2 Corinthians 4:17 GNT)
When we go through difficulties in life, the first thing we try to do is blame somebody else. But it doesn’t matter where your problem came from — God still has a purpose for it in your life. Even when you do stupid things, God can use it. Even when other people hurt you intentionally, he can use it. Even when the devil plans bad things for your life, God can bring good out of it.
God’s purpose is greater than your problems and your pain. God has a plan! You need to look past the temporary pain and look instead at the long-term benefit in your life.
Romans 5:3-4 says, “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that … they help us learn to be patient. And patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady” (TLB).
What’s the purpose of your problems and difficulty? God wants you to learn something. Every storm is a school. Every trial is a teacher. Every experience is an education. Every difficulty is for your development.
Most of us are slow learners. If you don’t learn something, God will bring it up again in your life. It will come back, because God is more interested in your character than he is in your comfort. He is more interested in seeing you become more like Christ than he is in making things easy for you.
Some of you are facing a major difficulty right now. It may be an illness or guilt or a financial problem or strain in a relationship. Does God have a word for you while you’re going through your difficulty? Absolutely. God is saying to you, “Don’t give up. Grow up.” Fulfill the purpose of your difficulty — becoming more and more like the person he created you to be.
“This small and temporary trouble we suffer will bring us a tremendous and eternal glory, much greater than the trouble” (2 Corinthians 4:17 GNT).