I am borrowing some words written by others – they say it more eloquently than I can!
Look, I am about to do something new; even now it is coming. Do you not see it? Indeed, I will make a way in the wilderness, rivers in the desert. — Isaiah 43:19
Though the cliché “When God closes a door he opens a window” is meant to help people stay positive in the face of disappointment, it isn’t exactly true. God doesn’t promise that when something doesn’t work out, something better is waiting for us just around the corner. His pledge is far more substantive than that. He promises to sustain us amid life’s disappointments. When all the doors and windows remain shut, He helps us make our way through the dark room, and He sustains us. Our circumstances do not always change for the better. But we can be confident that He will use them to change us for the better.
‘I know the plans I have for you’ — this is the Lord’s declaration — ‘plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope’. — Jeremiah 29:11
By Mary A Kassian
He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. — 2 Corinthians 1:4 NLT
You’ve heard repeatedly that God causes all the circumstances of your life to work together for your good and His glory. But do you truly believe it? Sometimes it is difficult. If a trial is sufficiently unexpected or painful, it can leave you wondering why God allowed you to face such turmoil.
The only way to deal with the suffering positively and proactively is to view it through the eyes of God. So ask Him to help you see your circumstances from His perspective. Everything won’t be completely clear, but you’ll have confidence that the Saviour who redeemed you will not abandon His work in your life.
Always remember that you are the beloved child of the living God. If sorrow touches your life, the Lord knows all about it and catches your tears (Psalm 56:8). Yet He is strong enough to take your pain and loneliness and produce something worthwhile out of them. He will use the adversity you’ve experienced to help you reach out to others who have been hurt and are struggling. He will take your pain and tragedy and use both to mould you into a wise and caring minister of His comfort.
You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive. — Genesis 50:20
The God you serve loves to turn seemingly hopeless situations around completely. The most important thing you can do is to remain faithful to Jesus. Because when you do, you invite the Lord to be glorified in your life. So don’t lose heart, but honour God.
By Dr Charles F Stanley
Jesus, thank You for working through my pain to make me into a minister of Your grace. Thank you that you never leave me. Please help me to see you, to seek you and hold onto you especially when I am feeling at my lowest. Lord Jesus, be glorified in my life. Amen.