Your good and His glory

06 November 2018
‘If you suffer for doing good and…endure…this is commendable before God.’

Many of the people we admire in Scripture were badly treated. And God allowed it to happen. For example, Daniel was thrown to the lions and Joseph was put in prison. They did nothing to deserve it. The Bible says: ‘If you suffer for doing good and endure it, this is commendable…To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps’ (vv. 20-21 NIV). We’re ‘called’ to overcome difficulties. There’s purpose in our pain. And nothing can touch us without first passing through our loving God’s hands. He anticipated it all, and everything we’re going through right now is preparing us to serve Him more effectively. Paul said, ‘At my preliminary hearing no one stood by me. They all ran…But it doesn’t matter – the Master stood by me and helped me spread the Message’ (2 Timothy 4:16-17 MSG). Paul didn’t see it as simply enduring, he saw it as advancing. So when we’re facing difficult circumstances we can feel encouraged; we’re growing in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord (have a read of 2 Peter 3:18). We’re in the preparation process. It’s important to remember that God’s not the source of our pain, He may have allowed it to happen but that’s because He knows we’ll grow through it, and He’ll be glorified through it. He can turn any situation we’re facing into something good. Romans 8:28 says: ‘In all things God works for the good of those who love him’ (NIV). So, whether God takes us out of the situation or brings us through it, we need to trust Him. He’s working for our good and His glory.

 

What Now?

If you’re in a tough situation, write out ‘God’s working for my good and His glory’, and read it every time you’re struggling to keep trusting.

Read More

12th Nov 2018
11th Nov 2018
10th Nov 2018
09th Nov 2018
08th Nov 2018
07th Nov 2018
06th Nov 2018
05th Nov 2018
04th Nov 2018
03rd Nov 2018
02nd Nov 2018
01st Nov 2018
31st Oct 2018
30th Oct 2018
29th Oct 2018
28th Oct 2018
27th Oct 2018
26th Oct 2018
25th Oct 2018
24th Oct 2018
23rd Oct 2018
22nd Oct 2018
21st Oct 2018
20th Oct 2018
19th Oct 2018