This verse stood out to me when I read it today. I know it to be true.
It was true in the case of God’s son, Jesus. And it’s true for each of us today.
After reading it, I thought of something I’ve heard Pastor Rick Warren say in one of his books, “God never wastes a hurt.”
Our trials and our suffering either help to keep us securely connected to the Father or they are used to bring us closer to the Father if we’ve wandered far from home.
Our trials and our suffering keep us on our knees. They keep us listening for His voice. They keep us dependent on the only One who can rescue us in the first place.
As much as I hate suffering, I love what God is capable of doing with an obedient heart.
One obedient heart can change everything!
Today, I want to choose to seek hard after Him. Regardless of my circumstances, I choose to follow Him. I choose to obey.