Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later.
I think one of the most reassuring thoughts during these last couple months is that we may not get answers for why we face hard things, but we know that our God doesn’t waste them.
In his hands, pain and brokenness are more than just losses. If a hard experience has left me calloused and hardened, He is not finished with it yet. He works with even the most awful situations to work in me gentleness and grace and confidence in Him. And He promises that, as hard as right now is, it cannot be compared to what He is preparing for us.
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.
I take hope in this: on my sickest, weakest day, when I have the least to offer, this is STILL the day that the Lord has made. He is still using it, working in it. He is not wasting it, even when I’m not the one being productive. I can rest and be helpless and He is faithful to use this time to make me more like Him anyway.
And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.
may he equip you with all you need
for doing his will.
May he produce in you,
through the power of Jesus Christ,
every good thing that is pleasing to him…
It was never up to me, my preparation, and my hard work to produce growth and maturity in my life. Good growth comes slow. Good growth comes with growing pains. And God produces good growth when we are at a loss to produce anything at all.
So let me say it again:
This is the day the Lord has made.
We will rejoice and be glad in it.
My God has made this day and I can be glad in it because of what HE is using it for. Not a moment is wasted in His capable hands.