Word 4U Today

FIX YOU (TOUGH-TIMES GROWTH 2)

FIX YOU (TOUGH-TIMES GROWTH 2)

“…God intended it all for good…”       Genesis 50:20 NLT

Sometimes, bad things happen even to those we’d call ‘good people’.

Knowing a Sovereign God who could command a whole legion of angels to meet your every whim, but for some reason He doesn’t and it might be frustrating at times.

So why doesn’t God sort out all our problems?

It’s not that God isn’t bothered by your pain.

A big part of the reason is that God wants to bring us closer to Himself.

He wants us to have good qualities that reflect Him.

He wants character, perseverance, and hope.

Instead of gift-wrapping those qualities and handing them to us on a plate, He puts us in situations where we have to develop them. Those kinds of situations are not usually nice. God’s using your exact situation to discipline and to disciple you.

“No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening–it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.” (Hebrews 12:11 NLT)

When you pray for blessings, you might be thinking of achievements, money, or that special someone stepping right into your life.

However, there’s more to be gained in this life than those things. God sees the bigger picture of your character development. The Beatitudes in Matthew 5 give an alternative definition of ‘blessed’. Special mentions go to the poor in spirit and the persecuted. When we do eventually leave this life, and meet God face to face, what will we actually get to take with us?

What now?

Read the ‘woes’ or ‘sorrows’ in Luke 6:24-26. See any surprises?

Joy Ferdiz

October 5th, 2013

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