Wouldn’t life be better if everyone acted as they ought? If only—
- my kids would…
- my spouse wouldn’t…
- my boss did…
- my in-laws didn’t…
- my government…
However, the wisest people I know haven’t come from ideal circumstances. Some of the most radiant believers I’ve met have survived grave injustices. If well-being depends on other people’s choices, anyone and everyone can ruin ours.
Reframing Life’s Aggravations
David’s life would have been easier if King Saul had offered to mentor him instead of trying to kill him. Yet, God used his time of fleeing for his life to refine David into a great leader. The Psalms birthed from his pain continue to minister to millions.
And what about Old Testament Joseph? Wouldn’t his life have been better if his ten brothers had been kind to him? Yet, God used their cruelty to strengthen Joseph and put him in a position to save many lives, including the line of Jesus!
Jealous leaders and cruel kinsmen could not thwart God’s plans for these men. In Joseph’s own words, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good” (Genesis 50:20 NLT). Both Joseph and David prospered in hostile circumstances.
Ironically, David who earned an A+ in character during adversity later failed during prosperity. Could the circumstances we resist be the tools God uses to chisel out Christlike character in us and protect us from lasting loss? Often the hardest parts of our lives make the greatest stories. James 1:2-4 says so.
They Became Strong in Battle
Biblical and modern stories of people with courage inspire and encourage me. I’m so excited to announce the September 5th release of my new book, Little Strength, Big God: Discover a God Greater than Your Goliaths. Here is a short description.
Loss and intimidation are not new to God’s people. What if you had to choose between―
– Drowning your baby or letting your worst enemy raise him?
– Bowing before an idol or being thrown into a fiery furnace?
– Compromising your convictions or being tossed to the lions?
– Living in fear or leading ill-equipped volunteers against an intimidating enemy?
The believers who faced these decisions felt their limitations. Yet they found strength in the Lord. You can too. Using the men and women highlighted in the last half of Hebrews 11, Little Strength, Big God will help you turn your weaknesses into strengths to accomplish God’s purpose in your life. When trouble attacks, you don’t need a bigger God―you need clearer vision. Discover the transforming power of a God greater than your Goliaths and live strong today. You can preorder now!
Wouldn’t life be better if everyone acted as they ought? Easier, for sure. But perhaps God is using these battles to polish us and write a bigger story to showcase His glory.If you're in a raging battle right now, take heart. You just may be part of a bigger story. #battles, #BigGod Click To Tweet
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