“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.” (Romans 8:28 NAS)I believe one of the biggest mistakes the typical believer makes is failing to accept that “everything has a purpose.” When we encounter difficult situations, more often than not, our reaction is “why is this happening to me?”
The life of a follower of Christ is filled with God’s “whisper moments”. The Holy Spirit whispers to us God’s deepest and most profound lessons when we are in our deepest despair. The problem is we miss or delay hearing God’s voice because we are asking the wrong question. Instead of asking “why is this happening”, we should be asking “what do you want to show or teach in this moment?”
I am convinced that a major part of life is about properly fielding life’s problems. Problems and seemingly impossible situations is God’s way of making us more effective servants. If it’s true that God has a purpose for every believer, then His purpose is most often realized through the crucible of trouble.
Life is not nearly as much about multiple successes as we think. It is more about how we respond to failure, conflict and impasses. God is more concerned about how we respond to problems than He is about how many success stories we can tell.
No matter which way we spin it, the Christian life is a paradox. It is filled with life contradictions. It’s almost always opposite to how the world thinks and acts. Paul speaks to this issue when he reminds us in 2 Corinthians 4 that life is filled with contradictions, affliction, confusion and despair.
Then, in this same passage, Paul reminds us that all this difficulty has a divine purpose. When we properly respond to life’s troubles then the result is a personal death process that yields a Christ-likeness that profoundly touches other people.
Through all my years as a counselor I often said that God kept me constantly at the point of brokenness so that I could effectively reveal Christ to the hurting and wounded. Any time we act outside the realm of brokenness we are in danger of performing in the flesh.
That is the reason that the Scriptural principle of “all things work together” (Romans 8: 28-29) should be in the forefront of every believer’s mind. God is able to take every situation, no matter how desperate and hopeless it seems, and turn it into something eternally useful. But in order for that to happen, we must see that God has a purpose for everything that occurs in our life. No brush stroke on the canvas of your life is wasted; it is all used to complete God’s portrait of your life journey.
No matter what stage of life you are in, God is still speaking into your life, are you listening for God’s whisper?
“So we have no reason to despair. Despite the fact that our outer humanity is falling apart and decaying, our inner humanity is breathing in new life every day. You see, the short-lived pains of this life are creating for us an eternal glory that does not compare to anything we know here. So we do not set our sights on the things we can see with our eyes. All of that is fleeting: it will eventually fade away. Instead, we focus on the things we cannot see, which live on and on.“ (2 Corinthians 4:16-17 The Voice)