He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.”
You would think that we who are committed to Christ, who serve Him and others in many capacities, and are obedient to His plan and will for our lives should be given a break from the trials that are thrown our way.
You might think it’s unfair for a certain situation to be taking place in your life. You are closer than you have ever been to God, so you wonder….why me? Why does the trouble have to fall on me when there are clearly others who don’t care about the cause of Christ. You might wonder why it appears that those who follow their fleshly desires, those who go their own way without thought to God or others, those who run from righteousness should be the ones to pay the price instead.
If you think your burden is too heavy, don’t let the enemy convince you that you are being mistreated….and by the way, storms of life hit us all….those who know and love the Lord and those who don’t.
I have received a couple of devotions this week by Pastor Jon Courson of Searchlight that have caused me to chew on this frustration that we sometimes endure….
Like Jon Courson, “I’m convinced that the troubles, challenges, and problems we face are custom-designed to do one thing: to allow us to draw others to Jesus Christ and to encourage them in Jesus Christ.” — http://www.joncourson.com/
The following Daily Devotional is an excerpt from the book A Days Journey by Pastor Jon. This book is a collection of 365 short devotions from the New Testament.
This message might shed some light on the purposes of pain, and how there are blessings in brokenness:
Yes, I will continue to rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.
Christ was magnified through Paul’s difficulty. ‘Why does Christ have to be magnified?’ you ask. ‘Isn’t He big enough already?’
Think with me …
Our sun is so big that, if hollowed out, it could hold 1.3 million earths. The sun, however, is dwarfed by the star Antares, which could hold 64 suns. But Antares is a pipsqueak compared to Hercules, which could hold 110 million Antares. Yet Hercules is a speck compared to Epsilon, the largest known star, which could hold 3 million Hercules.
These objects are huge, folks! Why then do they seem so small when we look at them in the night sky? Because we are so far away. Therefore we use a telescope to magnify them and bring them closer to us.
People are far away from Jesus. What will make Him clear to them? Seeing Him walk with us and provide for us through the telescope of our difficulties. If this be true — if Christ is magnified in our hard times — the most logical thing for us to do in such times is to do what Paul did: REJOICE
Jon Courson 08/25/2009
You want others to see you and wonder…”How is she able to be so full of joy when her whole world has fallen apart?” (The answer: Her world isn’t of this world.) How can he be smiling when he just lost his job? (The answer: It’s our job to point people to JESUS.)
If we practice strong faith during tough times, we will represent the picture of a powerful testimony of God’s grace, mercy, and love. So, the next time you consider,”Why me?” remember, that the Lord will not only be magnified if you respond to your trial like Jesus….but, He will be glorified and you will be a blessing to others. Yes, my friends…..it’s a supernatural response when you choose to magnify Jesus in your heartache. God is faithful….and if you reciprocate that faith with Him, He will turn your challenge around, because He makes good on all His Promises!
TOUGH TIMES DON’T LAST…
TOUGH PEOPLE DO–BECAUSE THEY RUN TO JESUS!
I AM THANKFUL GOD ISN’T FAIR….
BECAUSE IF HE PLAYED FAIR….
WE WOULD BE IN BIG TROUBLE!