In the Old Testament we find a man named Joseph who went through some unbelievable things. He was beat up by his brothers and thrown down into a well. They took him and sold him into slavery. He goes to Egypt and is enslaved to a man named Potiphar. Things are beginning to get better when Potiphar's wife wants to sleep with Joseph and when he refuses she accuses him of trying to rape her. Joseph is sent to jail. No trial. No assistance from anyone he sits in jail. When we helps the cupbearer and the baker. He told them their dreams and the cupbearer promises to remember Joseph but he forgets until Pharaoh has a dream. Joseph interprets Pharaoh's dream and He puts him in charge of the land. And when his brothers show up needing food he loves and forgives them. Joseph says "You meant it for evil but God intended it for good".
So if you have ever doubted that God could use your hardships and suffering don't. He can and He does use them to bring Him glory.
This was on full display last night. Rick and Kay Warren did an hour long interview on CNN. I watched the first 15 minutes and then recorded the rest to hopefully watch soon. Early on in the interview Rick reminded all of us that God wants to use our pain to bring Him glory. IT certainly did last night. A pain ridden couple whose son committed suicide spoke of the mercy and grace of God in such a way it touched millions. God can and does use our sufferings in ways we can't imagine.
So what has happened in your life which you would like to forget about? Let God take it and use it. You will be surprised on how much healing it does for you and how God can use it touch many, many lives.
God can and does use our suffering to bring Him glory and help others. Give Him Yours!!
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