It never fails to amaze me when He sends me a word. Why I am surprised, when it has happened over and over--I cannot tell you. I listened to a sermon podcast today that hit me squarely between the eyes---He was once again reminding me of Who He Is!
Many of us have circumstances or occurrences in our lives that leave us wondering "What possible good can be done for The Kingdom in this?" It is no secret---I have asked the question over and over in my own circumstance. BUT GOD---
The sermon came from the story of Joseph as told in Genesis. We all know the story--by heart. Joseph's brothers sold him to traders and he ended up in Egypt. Things are going great and BAM--he is thrown into prison under false accusations. (A woman spurned is a dangerous thing) But THEN Joseph gains favor with Pharaoh by interpreting dreams. All for the eventual purpose of feeding God's chosen people during a famine. What man intended for evil---God used for good!
"As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.
It has been very difficult to see what possible good would come from the breaking apart of my family. I clung to the promises--but begged for an explanation. I moved to Texas---to be near family--and away from the daily reminder of all I had lost. What good could possibly come? BUT GOD---
I have slowly established a relationship with a young friend who is seeking answers and has been wandering in the spiritual wilderness most of her life. She is beginning to open up to the possibility of reading The Word together. We are not there yet---but pray with me she becomes open to the dialogue.
I was reminded by a dear friend yesterday---perhaps the reason I am in Texas is for this dear young woman. Perhaps God will use me to draw her to Him. To quote my friend, "All your pain and suffering---are they not worth it if this one soul is saved?" I looked at her as I thought this over and responded, "Was I worth all the pain and suffering Jesus suffered so that I might be saved?" My answer is a resounding YES! Yes--I have endured great sorrow---BUT GOD---can use that to lead one more precious soul to Jesus---
So to close out what I am thankful for with---FAITH. Faith that all things are used by Him to further His Kingdom--even those things which man intends for evil--even those things which make absolutely no sense--even when I never see a reason. BUT GOD---can use all things.
I am thankful for the reminders and especially for the Faith--to KNOW AS I KNOW----ALL THINGS!
We know that in all things God works for good with those who love him,those whom he has called according to his purpose.