April 9, 2017 Jane’s Heart to Heart…. Pastor’s Help Mate
Pleasing God in Our Struggles and Trials
There are so many who are far more qualified than I am to talk about this, multitudes who have pleased God through suffering in ways I can’t even fathom, but I would like to share with you just a few ways I have seen others please God, on their sickbed or in their disability:
Your desire to please God pleases Him. Unbelievers have no desire to please Him. His delight is when you have trusted in Him alone, as your Saviour and Lord, and only if your desire is to glorify and please Him. What parent wouldn’t be delighted to hear their child say, “Mom, I just want to please you and make you happy”? Even your desire to bring pleasure to Jesus fills Him with pleasure and joy. Hoping in God pleases Him. Even if you’re seeing a doctor or taking medicine, ultimately your hope is in Jesus to heal and help you, and that honors Him.
Let me Quote a few who have written on thus subject:
Joni Eareckson Tada:
- “If you had never known physical pain in your life, how could you appreciate the nail scarred hands with which Jesus Christ will meet you?”
- “I’d rather be in this wheelchair knowing God than on my feet without Him.”
- “I’m so glad God’s “no” answer to a prayer for healing has meant a more urgent leaning upon Him every day, a more vibrant hope of heaven, a deeper sense of prayer, a more energetic love for His Word. It’s fostered my friendships, and deepened my concern and compassion for others who hurt.
- It’s helped me start this ministry, Joni & Friends, to other people with disabilities.”
“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” (2 Cor. 4:17 KJV)
God Never Wastes Your Pain
Kimberly Wagner: |n “Struggles & Suffering”, from Revive Our Hearts says:
“Doing everything to God’s glory – even small and seemingly insignificant things.”
If it’s taking a pill, or simply lying on your back, if that’s where Jesus has you, then you can do it for his glory.
This is what He can do with your pain:
- Show you more of Himself than you’ve yet seen
- Train you in righteousness
- Increase your faith and dependence on Him
- Allow others to see His sustaining grace as you trust and obey
- Conform you to Christ’s image
- Use you to bring comfort and inspiration to others.”
Warren W. Wiersbe said, “When you and I hurt deeply, what we really need is not an explanation from God, but a revelation of God. We need to see how great God is; we need to recover our lost perspective on life. Things get out of proportion when we are suffering, and it takes a vision of something bigger than ourselves to get life’s dimensions adjusted again”