I know if you wanted to you could wave your hand
Spare me this heartache and change your plan
And I know any second you could take my pain away
But even if you don’t, I pray
Help me want the HEALER more than the healing
Help me want the SAVIOR more than the saving
Help me want the GIVER more than the giving
Help me want you JESUS more than anything.
-Natalie Grant “More than Anything”
I love this song, there are times I have it on repeat. I need this reminder every day… sometimes every hour.
In recent days life has not been easy for myself or those closest to me. From the loss of a family member to the severe accident of a best friend’s husband, as well as a close friend’s loss of child and so much more. These events have caused my prayer life to go into overdrive!
If God wanted everything to go smoothly, they would. If He wanted there to be NO pain, NO loss, NO heartache, then there wouldn’t be. But that is not how God intends things. I understand that may be a hard concept to grasp, that God actually intends bad things to happen, but I think that also depends on your definition of “bad” and your definition of a “good” God. God uses every situation in our lives to shape us, mold us and refine us into the men and women we are called to be.
God uses every situation in our lives to shape us, mold us and refine us into the men and women we are called to be.
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.“ (James 1:2-4)
If your definition of a good God is one that gives us everything we ask for, makes us comfortable and allows no harm to come to us then you are going to be sorely disappointed!
I thank God I don’t get everything I ask for because I don’t see the BIG picture. We are not meant to be comfortable because this world is not our home. We are aliens in foreign territory. And if we didn’t face trials and hardship, how would we ever be able to experience the heights and depths of love God has for us!
My dear friend whose husband was in the accident recently sent me a text because she was upset that her husband did not get in the physical therapy and rehab places she had wanted. In the same breath she said, “But God is reminding me that it’s not what I want but what HE WANTS!” THANK YOU, LORD!
“In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith-more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire-may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 1:6-7)
In the midst of one of the most difficult trials of their lives they are still choosing to praise the KING OF KINGS and give glory to God for where they are. Her faith has been and continues to be a witness to all who know her and so many more. God is using this terrible situation to show them and us that God is bigger than all of it and He is BETTER!
God is not after our happiness; He is after our Holiness.
God is not after our happiness; He is after our Holiness. “The final completion of his redemptive work in you. The difficulties you face are not in the way of God’s plan, they do not show the failure of God’s plan, and they are not signs he has turned his back on you. No, those tough moments are a sure sign of the zeal of his redemptive love.”
(New Morning Mercies by Paul David Tripp)
After all is said and done at the end of the day, my prayer is that we all genuinely desire the Healer, the Savior, the Giver and Jesus over everything else!
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