One of my daughters once told me that some of my best devotionals and songs were inspired by my toughest trials. She said that without the trials, I wouldn’t have had the painful human experiences from which to relate God’s miracles to others. In the midst of a tough time, this conversation totally changed my perspective. I began to think about all the miracles God could work through my pain. I began to count myself blessed to have the opportunity to glorify Christ—who thought me worthy of His death. He willingly subjected Himself to the cruelest punishment so that I could be freed from my sinful chains. “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)

He subjected Himself to pain for me because of my bad choices—not His.

Many of my trials are caused by my own choices. Some are not. Either way, when we get close to God, His grace works mighty miracles out of the mess. Think about what’s weighing you down. Is it failure, a broken heart, depression, longing, or anything which causes pain? Do you believe in God enough to believe that He has a solution? We often don’t believe in God enough to go to Him for problems because we don’t know Him well enough to have seen Him solve them. We’d rather worry and struggle on our own. However, when we start to pursue Him with all our heart, we begin to see how He works miracles.

Our real battle is not fixing all the mess, it’s staying close enough to God so He can do it. That’s when we begin to have our own great stories of faith. He creates them. We share them. He is glorified. We fulfill our magnificent purpose. We were created in His image and thus, for His glory. (Genesis 1:26-27) “Everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” (Isaiah‬ ‭43:7‬) When we give Him our whole heart, He grows our faith so that we may write a powerful testimony of God’s power and grace.

From the book, “Essential Faith” Volume 2 available on Amazon by clicking HERE .

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