In his distress he sought the favor of the LORD his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his ancestors… (2 Ch 33:12).
Be thankful when the Lord disciplines you.
No really, be thankful.
It’s really one of the ways He showers His love upon you. I know it doesn’t feel like it at the time, but truly, His discipline is His way of leading our wayward hearts back to Him.
I love how God can take our messiest situations, sometimes caused by our own sin (or someone else’s) and redeem them for His glory. You see, pain changes people. Sometimes for the better and sometimes not. How this plays out really has to do with the willingness of the individual to surrender their pain (or their sin) to the Lord. Then walk the long, and sometimes painful road of transformation and redemption. If we choose to bypass the road to redemption we will become bitter and angry at God and others.
A little over a year and a half ago a lot of suffering entered into my life. Life just stopped making sense as it quickly spiraled out of control. Once things came back into balance I had to deal with the pain of that season for many, many months. I sensed things like bitterness, anger, and resentment seeking to take root. I knew, that in order for me to grow I had to continue to submit those feelings to the Lord and pray instead for HIs grace to fill my heart.
Now that I have received God’s comfort, I’m different. I mean, I’m really different. Something in my heart has grown out of the darkness of that pain. Truly, it was the most painful season of my life, but it has also proven to be the most fruitful.
Trust that God will bring fruit from your pain too. That’s just what He does. He’s in the business of resurrection and redemption. I held fast to those truths in my darkest moments. Now, I am seeing the fruit of holding fast to Jesus. Be encouraged to do the same if you have suffered greatly in life. Remember, its what God uses to make you more like Jesus. Be thankful for HIs discipline.
Lord, I trust you. You are so good to me. This pain has proven to have a great purpose in my life. Thank you for your redemption of my pain. Continue to sow seeds of love, grace, and compassion in my heart. I want to be more like Jesus. Thank you for your power to resurrect our pain, you are so good, in Jesus name, Amen.