By Don Miller | May 30, 2019
God had to think of every life-stage of every one of His creatures, including you!
Every bit of your past was either allowed or designed by God so you can live the future He prepared for you. One important part of His plan for you is to be His help and blessing to others.
The hurts of your past help you understand what others with similar hurts need. He is the One great helper “…who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” –2 Corinthians 1:4.
Your strengths, natural or acquired, help you to accomplish the work He has for you to do. But, you must rely on Him to reveal the path ahead and how to best work, just as it was with Jesus–“I can do nothing on My own initiative…. I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.”–John 5:30
Your weaknesses–either by genetics or by lack of opportunity or training–are meant to keep you leaning on God. This is necessary so He can do far more through you both in quantity and depth of effect than you ever could on your own.
“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves”–2 Corinthians 4:7
In God’s design, every bit of your past–the dull, the hard and the wonderful– is to be used by Him. This is accomplished by the surpassing greatness of His power. He will use many seeds from your past as He did with Joseph and create indescribable gems in your life and in others’ lives.
Regardless of your past, hold your head up high. You are a child of the Creator of all things. It matters nothing what any negative or condemning person on this tiny planet thinks. Be fire-powered with His courage, creativity and wisdom!
Walk by His grace into the fruitful and joyful future He has for you!