One time, God used this love of books to prepare me for a really hard season in my life. As per usual I found a great book from a favourite author, prepared myself and my life to sit down and read. I sometimes can't get into a book until all the "has to be dones" are done. So that done and dusted, a good cup of tea, and into my book I disappeared. And it was a great book. A novel based largely on a biblical story, one which revealed the character of God, with more modern characters, and I drank it all in. It got into my heart and the God behind it absorbed my thoughts as to His long-suffering and goodness.
And then.... 2 weeks later I was devastated by some heartbreaking, rose-tinted glasses shattering news! And the first thing that came to mind was this book. The immediate thought in my crushed heart was that God had led me to read this book to prepare me for this news and the gut-wrenching season that followed.
That was years ago and I overcame that time completely with God's help and His grace and mercy! I have the victory, but the glory is His!
I believe God allows things that hurt to come into our lives:
- so that we will push into Him,
- so that we will grow,
- so that we will trust Him and lean on Him,
- so that we come to that point as Job did where he said, "Yet though He slay me, I will trust Him."(Job 13v15)
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Its so we can be there for those who go through the same thing. Once we start healing God can use our experiences to help others. To be a comfort, a help, a kind word, a sense of understanding, an ear to hear, arms to embrace, a presence when only that will help and ultimately, an arrow pointing to God!
2 Corin 1 v 3-4: 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
I also believe that:
God prepares us and we don't always see that preparation until much later.
Duet 31 v 6: Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Sometimes He prepares you for the "event" and sometimes "the event" is preparation for that which He is leading you to. For example, a ministry or sorts. How much more effective is your ministry coming from the angle of experience, of overcoming in Christ?
My encouragement to you is to cling close to God, He will lead you through and reveal the "why" in time but TRUST HIM enough to know - He is not toying with you - He is preparing you for His work in your life and the lives of others.
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