Sometimes we find ourselves being thrusted into uncomfortable, unfamiliar places. Life gets unbearable, painful and just plain sucky at times.
It’s easy in our human nature to tense up, clam up and close up.
But instead – God wants us to grow. He wants us to prosper and gain wisdom and knowledge. And sometimes we have to walk through the fire of uncertainty and unfamiliarity in order to truly understand He will never leave us of forsake us.
It’s in the fire that we are tested and refined.
This morning I was reading in 2 Corinthians and came upon this passage of scripture. I’m so blown away by Paul’s humility. He is one of my favorite authors in scripture. His is so openly transparent in his suffering.
“..for we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But it was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.” 2 Corinthians 1:8-9
Sometimes life just plain sucks. The doctors give a grim report, job loss paralyzes our finances, friends betray us and families get ripped apart at the seams. One thing after another after another. Things spiral out of our control leaving us feeling rattled and shattered.
We are not left alone to pick up the broken pieces.
Paul even admits that life became unbearable. Pain hurts! But he goes on to say in verse 10 that they have set their hope in Christ that he will deliver them again. God remains faithful to His track record of deliverance.
Sometimes we have to endure the trials to become more pliable in His hands.
I’ve heard so many times the reference of God being the patient potter. We are the lumpy pile of clay in his hands and He patiently molds us and shapes us into who we are called to be. When we become jagged and brittle, we go back on the Potter’s wheel and are reshaped and refined. We are most pliable in the hands of the Potter.
I recorded this last night after dropping off our kids at VBS and feel so strongly that someone needs to hear these words. Please feel free to share with someone needing encouragement.
Don’t give up, my sweet friend. And don’t try to jump off the Potter’s wheel. You are safe in the palm of His hands.
Live Life Unscripted,