We have been unfaithful to our God by marrying foreign women from the peoples around us. But in spite of this, there is still hope for Israel…(Ezra 10:2).
Have you ever felt like you’ll never recover from something in your life? Maybe something happened in your life that was catastrophic? You’re certain God could never use you now to your fullest capacity because of what happened in your past.
Yeah, I’ve been there, living in that place of doubt. For a long time, I just couldn’t see light at the end of the tunnel. It just felt like evil kept winning out and I wondered when my past was going to stop resurfacing.
I’ve learned though that sometimes our past needs to resurface because we’re not quite fully healed from it just yet. That’s what happened to me. The Lord, in His mercy, wouldn’t let me move forward until I went back and allowed Him to heal those parts in me that had been wounded. Sometimes, the healing process is not a short one. It can take many months, but trust me, the healing is so worth it because of the fruit that is coming.
Don’t lose hope in your God who loves to redeem. That’s what I kept clinging to in my life. I saw how God used people in the scriptures with less than ideal pasts for His glory. I saw how He brought them into even greater lengths of ministry after they had wallowed through the mud. That’s what I kept clinging to is that God would do the same for me and my loved ones.
Now, I can see His fruit blossoming all around me. Those things that the enemy tried to use to destroy, God is now using for good. Now that my friends deserves a hallelujah. Don’t believe the lie that says God is done with you. He’s not. Just as there was hope for Israel after they would screw up. There is hope for you and me too.
Lord, you take brokenness and make it beautiful in your time. Please, Lord, take the stories of our past and use them in our lives for greater ministry. Help us GOd to connect with people, people with pasts similar to ours. People with pain similar to the pain we’ve walked through. Lord, thank you that there is always still hope, even for sinners like me, in Jesus name, Amen.