Bad things are going to happen to us while on earth. Usually they are the result of living in this fallen sin-sick world. While death, sickness, and abuse were not a part of God’s original plan, He may allow me to go through these things. It’s not to cause me any undue pain or fear, but rather it’s to accomplish spiritual growth. Charles Stanley explains it this way. “Some things are so important to God that they are worth interrupting the happiness and health of His children in order to accomplish them.” Sometimes what God allows shakes us to the core, but He never intends to terrify us. It may not be pleasant for a while, but in the end we’ll find it’s worth every sadness and every worry if we will trust Him.
A few years ago, my neighbor was bitten by a recluse spider. As a diabetic, the poison attacked the weakest part of her body—her eyes. After many surgeries, doctors were able to freeze Kathy’s eye loss so that she doesn’t have to live completely in the dark.
At first, Kathy went through all sorts of emotions. She questioned God’s love and protection. She wondered, “Why me?” and felt afraid and sorry for herself most of the time. Her husband, on the other hand, was very supportive and full of faith, reassuring her. His confidence in God surprised Kathy. For over 15 years Kathy had been going to church alone while praying for Don who had fallen away from God. Now, it appeared that Don had more faith than she did. Kathy decided to hang up her worries and woes and trust God.
Since Kathy couldn’t drive, Don took her to and from church every Sunday. On the ride home, Kathy would share about how nice the service was and how loving the people were. One Sunday morning, Kathy noticed that Don was all dressed up. When Kathy asked where he was going, Don replied that he was going to church. Don not only went to church that day, but he re-dedicated his life to the Lord and was baptized. Suddenly, it all became clear for Kathy. “My suffering was nothing like what Christ suffered for my salvation, but I would go through all my pain again knowing now that God was using it to bring my sweet husband to Him,” Kathy shared with great joy.
Sometimes it’s hard to see God at work in our circumstances. Still, the Lord never promised that our journey would be easy, He did promise to be faithful in using every situation for our good. Again, it’s not just any good, but the kind of good that causes us to look back and say like Kathy, “It was all worth it. Look what our good and gracious Lord has done!”
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