My Struggles Are About Him

"Saul agreed that killing Stephen was good.
On that day the church of Jerusalem began to be persecuted,
and all the believers, except the apostles,
were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria.
And some religious people buried Stephen and cried loudly for him.
Saul was also trying to destroy the church,
going from house to house,
dragging out men and women
and putting them in jail.
And wherever they were scattered,
they told people the Good News."
Acts 8:1-3

My Struggles are About Him
by Max Lucado
What about your struggles? Is there any chance, any possibility, that you have been selected to struggle for God’s glory? Have you “been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake” (Philippians 1:29)?

Here is a clue. Do your prayers seem to be unanswered? What you request and what you receive aren’t matching up? Don’t think God is not listening. Indeed he is. He may have higher plans.

Here is another. Are people strengthened by your struggles? A friend of mine can answer yes. His cancer was consuming more than his body; it was eating away at his faith. Unanswered petitions perplexed him. Well-meaning Christians confused him. “If you have faith,” they said, “you will be healed.”

No healing came. Just more chemo, nausea, and questions. He assumed the fault was a small faith. I suggested another answer. “It’s not about you,” I told him. “Your hospital room is a showcase for your Maker. Your faith in the face of suffering cranks up the volume of God’s song.”

Oh, that you could have seen the relief on his face. To know that he hadn’t failed God and God hadn’t failed him—this made all the difference. Seeing his sickness in the scope of God’s sovereign plan gave his condition a sense of dignity. He accepted his cancer as an assignment from heaven: a missionary to the cancer ward.

A week later I saw him again. “I reflected God,” he said, smiling through a thin face, “to the nurse, the doctors, my friends. Who knows who needed to see God, but I did my best to make him seen.”

Bingo. His cancer paraded the power of Jesus down the Main Street of his world.

God will use whatever he wants to display his glory. Heavens and stars. History and nations. People and problems.

Rather than begrudge your problem, explore it. Ponder it. And most of all, use it. Use it to the glory of God.

Through your problems and mine, may God be seen.
"Am I my brother's keeper?"
"Where someone has been given much, much will be expect of him; and the more he has had entrusted to him the more will be demanded of him." Luke 12:48
"We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or die, we are the Lords. Romans 14:7-8
"Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God." William Carey
"To let oneself be bound by a duty from the moment you see it approaching is part of the integrity that alone justifies responsibility." Dag Hammarskjold
"The most important thought I ever had was that of my individual responsibility to God." Daniel Webster

1 comment:

Still Learning said...

That was really wonderful!! After my hubby's layoff and our world fell apart I thought I was being punished and got really depressed for a year or so. I couldn't understand why my prayers were unanswered either. Finally I realized the truth behind it's not about me and since then I have let our terrible circumstance teach us/myself things and through a horrible circumstance so many wonderful things have happened to us as a family. We are so close to Him now and it's still a struggle and I still fail sometimes but we are doing so much more to reach others and glorify His name through our hardship.

That was really great, thanks.


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