December 27-28, 2008
Promises for Painful Times
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Yesterday we learned about brokenness as a tool the Lord uses to mold us into His likeness. As believers, we should desire this outcome, and yet the process is a painful one. That’s why our heavenly Father gives encouragement in a number of ways.
First, the Lord breaks us in love. Believers are His children; as parents lovingly redirect their sons and daughters, God does so with us. He never allows suffering out of anger.
Second, He sets a limit on our suffering, controlling the pressure to be sure it’s never more than we can bear (2 Cor. 4:8). Our Father knows exactly what is needed to break our stubbornness, rebellion, and selfishness, but He will never break our spirit.
Third, God brings clarity through difficult times. As we learn that His ways are higher than ours, we gain greater understanding of His amazing attributes. At the same time, our self-awareness starts to sharpen, and old, unproductive thought patterns begin to fade.
Fourth, God promises that He will never desert us. Brokenness can feel lonely and empty, as we are losing the things that once captured our loyalty. But our Father replaces those with Himself—and He is vastly more satisfying and dependable.
Fifth, the Lord is always patient. He knows our background and deeply rooted thought patterns. Yet He also sees the end result and knows that the journey is worth it.
When you face hardship, remember God’s promises and keep your eyes fixed on the goal. He has your best interest in mind, so seek His lesson for you.
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