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Monday, October 05, 2009

God Chooses Those He Uses

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David began his life as a nobody—an ordinary shepherd boy—chosen by God to become a somebody—an extraordinary king over God’s own people. Yet, before David wore his crown, God shaped his character by allowing pain to be his close companion for over a decade. The presence of suffering made no sense to David at the time; yet God had a purpose David couldn’t imagine as he endured those difficult years.

David's life reveals this absolute truth about suffering: adversity is allowed for a purpose you often cannot comprehend today. When suffering comes, cling to the words of Isaiah 55:3, 8: "Give ear and come to me; / hear me, that your soul may live. . . . for my (God's) thoughts are not your thoughts, / neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord" (NIV).

In one of my father's sermons, he quoted the following poem; may it be encouraging to you today!

When God wants to drill a man
   And thrill a man
   And skill a man,
When God wants to mold a man
   To play the noblest part;
When He yearns with all His heart
   To create so great and bold a man
That all the world shall be amazed,
   Watch His methods, watch His ways!
How He ruthlessly perfects
   Whom He royally elects!
How He hammers him and hurts him,
   And with mighty blows converts him
Into trial shapes of clay which
   Only God understands;
While his tortured heart is crying
   And he lifts beseeching hands!
How He bends but never breaks
   When his good He undertakes;
How He uses whom He chooses
   And with every purpose fuses him;
   By every act induces him
To try His splendor out—
   God knows what He’s about!

—Author unknown¹

1. Quoted in Charles R. Swindoll, “A Nobody, Nobody Noticed,” in David: A Man of Passion & Destiny.

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That poem is beautiful. God certainly has plans for us.
Thank you for sharing.

Carrie, His plans are greater than we can know; and the plans we have made/dreamed of are painful to release. One of the foundations of our faith is to believe this thought-whether I ever understand or know why, by faith, I will believe. Thank you for your kind note. In the weeks ahead, we are adding an encouragement category with other writings that may provide support to you. Keep checking back, I would like to know how you are doing. Secured by Grace, Colleen

oh how this spoke to my soul and i beleive that god will finish his work in me, and he will not forget me nor forsake me this my faith i know, he is a just god and a fair god and a god who loves no matter what!! i love him and will try and bare and bare all of lifes burdens till one day i will know my purpose i enjoyed this a lot thanks god bless your ministry!!

Liz, You are not alone! I am here to listen. I desire to bring encouragement and mercy in the words that follow. When Jon was diagnosed with disabilities, I was determined to learn and try what seemed best for Jon. He made great advancements until…until unexpectedly, he regressed far beyond where we had started. No one knew why and there was nothing in me to continue. But, this transformed much of what I believe today. The truth is, God never expects me to have some strength so He can add His. He promises to fill us with His strength when ours is gone. That is the path of life. God give us Himself, not because we strive harder, or in addition to…our lives on earth are broken. The Lord longs for us to let go, to grieve, to share our sorrows with Him. In doing so, we get out of the way and God steps in-completely. Liz, the passage right now must happen for you to find the rest…you are being emptied out so He may fill you entirely with His power and presence. I am so, so sorry for the pain you are in. And I KNOW, God is ready to lift you up higher and mightier than you can imagine this moment.

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