For many years I lived with the notion that life should be happy all the time. Then reality struck. Hardship arrived. Suffering barged in uninvited. But unbeknownst to me it would evolve into one of the greatest gifts I had ever received.
Yes, I do believe that hardship is a gift to human nature. Hardship provides substance to our life. Walking through difficulty takes us into a dimension in our character that will provide deep transformation – if we allow it. And right in the middle of the hardship there is GOD’S PURPOSE. However quite often GOD’S PURPOSE is drowned out by the pain and suffering that hardship brings with it. But be assured GOD’S PURPOSE is there. In many ways GOD’S PURPOSE is shouting I’m here, and in other ways GOD”S PURPOSE is quiet and requires stillness to find it.
We were all created with powerful heavenly purpose. But we were also created with free will. Those two elements quite often collide because we want our way and we think we know what is best for our life. And right in the middle of all of that there is a God who has a marvelous plan for our life.
There I believe is where hardship often comes in and plays a divine part in the making and shaping of our character. Because it is when the LARGENESS OF LIFE hits us that we can really begin to see that we are just mere humans with extreme limitations but HE IS GOD WITH NO LIMITATIONS.
Whether we are dealing with a terrible disease, a loss, divorce, financial hardship, painful situations, we will at some point come face to face with the reality that we don’t have the answer. We can’t fix this. Or we don’t know what to do. This is where the treasure is found. Right in the center of anything you may be facing God is at work. And His purpose is being divinely woven.
No matter what you may be facing; whether your situation seems impossible or makes no sense to you – in the hands of a powerful all-knowing God there will arise great purpose.
If you are going through a difficult season I encourage you to go straight to Romans chapter 8 and into chapter 9. There you will find truths that will help you along, reassure you, and provide hope.
ONE THING IS FOR SURE…
“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose…” Roman 8:28
We can live with the assurance that GOD’S PURPOSE is at work in our lives. And at some point…at some time…good will come from whatever we are facing and persevering through. Trials are not God’s punishment in our life, but rather His means to drive us deeper into His love and grace. They are instruments that teach us to trust in a faithful God.
No matter what you may be facing today rest assured that Your Creator sees what you are going through and He is at work. And your hardship is producing bountiful blessings inside of you that will be revealed in due season.
“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?” Romans 8:32
GOD’S PURPOSE – God taking what we deem to be impossible and turning it into something miraculous.
God has a purpose for you and your life!
“Dear Jesus…help us to trust you with our whole heart. Provide us the strength we need to persevere through the trials we are facing. And to trust that you are working all things out for our good.”
God’s strength and blessings to you…