Built to Take It
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)
If a building is being built in California, it’s built to withstand earthquakes. If a building is being built in the Dakotas, it’s designed with withstand brutal winters and, if a building is built along the Gulf Coast, it has to be able to withstand hurricanes.
God built you to withstand the heartaches, difficulties, and hardships of your life. It may be the death of a parent at an early age, neglectful or abusive family members, a divorce, sexual misconduct against you or any number of other issues that you’ve had to face. But, God designed you to be able to withstand them and keep functioning in his will and purpose after the incidents have passed.
God’s plan for our lives doesn’t stop just because bad things happen. God’s design for our lives built us so we could continue to our destiny even after going through great hardships and difficulties.
Think about Joseph; God’s plan for him didn’t stop after his brothers sold him into slavery. In fact, selling Joseph into slavery was part of the plan.
What about Paul? He was going blind and had been beaten so many times; he had, what he called a “thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.” God told him, “’My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” II Corinthians 12:9 – 10.
Whatever your thorn may be, you were built to withstand the onslaught of the enemies in your life and still fulfill God’s plan and purpose for you. You were built for this!
Lord God, I know you put everything in my life as a part of your purpose and your plan for me. I don’t always see the good of what you are doing, and sometimes your plan brings me pain and distress, but I will trust you. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.
Just for Today:
I will focus on my purpose in life, not the thorns in my flesh
“No one ever finds life worth living – one has to make it worth living.” Winston Churchill