Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 1 Peter 5:7
→ TO MANIFEST THE WORKS OF GOD: When the disciples saw a man who had been blind from birth, they asked who was responsible for his condition. Was it the sin of his parents or of the man himself? Jesus answered:
Neither this man sinned nor His parents; but that the works of God should be made manifest in Him. John 9:3
And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee; for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. II Corinthians 12:9
Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken , as of things that are made , that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Hebrews 12:26-27
During the storms of life, everything crumbles that is not built upon God and His Word (Psalm 111:8-9 and Matthew 7:24-27).
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. II Corinthians 4:17-18
→ TO CHANGE THE OLD SELF-NATURE: God said of the nation of Moab:
Moab hath been at ease from his youth, and he hath settled on his lees, and hath not been emptied from vessel to vessel, neither hath he gone into captivity; therefore his taste remained in him, and his scent is not changed. Jeremiah 48:11
Because Moab had not experienced the troublesome pouring out and stirring similar to that necessary to develop good wine, the nation did not change. Moab was at ease and settled in prosperity and because of this did not develop and mature properly spiritually. Therefore there was no change. His "own scent" remained in him.
Suffering rids you of the old self-nature. As you are stirred, troubled, and poured out, your spiritual scent changes from carnal to spiritual.
Don’t let your desire take you farther than your integrity can handle!
It is through affliction that you move beyond the calling as a child of God to become chosen of God. Affliction according to the will of God refines you for His use just as metals are refined in a furnace in the natural world. You have asked to be used by God. You desire to be more like Jesus and prayed to be a chosen vessel for His use. The answer to your prayer may come through suffering:
Behold I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction. Isaiah 48:10
If we suffer, we shall also reign with Him, if we deny him, he also will deny us: II Timothy 2:12
If you are suffering through a difficult situation such as those mentioned above or those listed in the blog below, know that God is with you. It may not always feel like it but trust that he is working things out for our betterment to prove us, make us whole and develop a right relationship with God. We never want to give up on God because he lets us know:
But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. 1 Peter 5:10
- Shaken But Not Moved
- Troubled on Every Side Yet Not Distressed
- Perplexed But Not in Dispair