The following thoughts are rolling around in my brain courtesy of a Bible study I’m currently in and highly recommend: Breaking Free
We all have hurtful situations in our past or present. Our hearts get bruised by loved ones we’ve lost, friends who we feel have betrayed us, abandonment we feel we’ve suffered.
If I serve a sovereign God who loves me, why would he let this hurt touch my life? I don’t know that I will be able to fully answer that question until I’m in His arms in eternity, but here is what God is telling me until then:
“…though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith – of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire – may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” 1 Peter 1:7
I used to read that verse thinking that the glory would come to Him when He was revealed in His return. But now I see that He is glorified and revealed anytime my faith proves genuine in the midst of trials.
So when a 1st grader in my small group class at church looks at me with tears in her eyes and says, “I miss my Daddy. He left without saying bye. I don’t have a Daddy any more…”, I can take that sweet baby in my arms, look in her eyes, and say “You know what? I don’t have a Daddy either. But your Heavenly Father is the best and most wonderful Daddy you could ever wish for, and he’ll never, ever leave you.” – and her eyes light up with hope, and with wonderment that Ms. Starr somehow understands; in that moment, His glory is revealed.
I am certainly not yet in a place where I can look upon any suffering I go through with gladness, but I am beginning to slightly understand how Paul can say “Rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when His glory is revealed.” 1 Peter 4:13
Help us use our hurts to glorify You, Lord!