Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
(The following is from writing of Chi Beloved in Nigeria: **Touching Lives**)
Glory to God through our suffering!
In order for God to glorify Himself through our lives, He must push us out of our comfort zone. He leads us to mountaintops; but He also takes us through dark valleys of despair. His will does not always make sense to us. But we remember that God sees the end from the beginning; and anything He allows into our lives is for our good and His glory.
So when we don't get the answers that we ?need,' we cling to the promise in Jeremiah 29:11. "I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord, "Plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." God has plans to prosper His children and not harm us. He has plans to give us a hope and a future. But this according to His standards, not ours, and not this world's.
Our God is so mighty and majestic that He can glorify Himself through tragedy, hardship and suffering. The most gracious thing that God can give us is Himself.and it is in the valleys of life that we are drawn most near to His heart. So, the next time we have more questions than answers, the next time we are struggling and desperately need to hear from God., remember that what you need isn't something from God.you need God! His plans are always good, because God is always good.
Father, Thank you for this promise from Your Word. Help me to remember that Your plans are always for my good, even when I may not understand how You are working. Increase my faith in You, Lord. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
(Provided by Love in the Name of Christ)