“Hang on to God’s perspective. Give Jesus the weight of what you’re carrying. Stay unburdened and moldable. And you’ll be a light to many others.”- Lysa TerKeurst
“Neither this man nor his parents sinned.” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed.”- John 9:2 (NIV)
As Lysa TerKeurst continues Chapter 8 of It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way, she discusses three things we must do to be able to run free. She bases these three things on Hebrews 12:1-2. Today Ms. TerKeurst covers the first thing that enables you to run free.
1. Throwing off what hinders us. Here Lysa specifically addresses holding yourself accountable for things you didn’t do. Giving in to the burden of this fear, this lie, hinders you from moving forward in a healthy way. Thus, you need to focus on a more truth-filled perspective on circumstances you didn’t choose. And perhaps even get brave enough to destroy your files of proof!
Therefore, Lysa exhorts, rest assured that when you’re chosen for suffering, you’re also chosen for something else. To display the works of God. So, the author asks, what if the worst parts of your life represent gateways to the very best parts? Parts you’d never want to do without.
In conclusion, Ms. TerKeurst explains what it means to be chosen for suffering:
“It’s a lot of pain with no up-front reward. But remember, God isn’t causing this; He’s allowing it. God isn’t picking on us. He’s handpicked us to be a display of His good works here on earth. and trust me, in eternity you will want to be chosen for this.”
Hence, you can trust in God to lead you to, through, and past your suffering. Today it feels horrible. But in heaven – honorable.
Today’s question: What Bible verses help you hand on to God’s perspective? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “When trust has been shattered”