What God Uses…..Chapter 3

We have all known people who are going through hard times.  Heck we have all had hard times.

Have you heard anyone say “This is part of God’s plan for you” or “God won’t put any more on you than you can handle.”  It is almost as if God has caused bad circumstances to be a part of your life.

How many of you believe that?

How many of you want to hear those words above coming from someone else when you are struggling?

Probably none of you want to hear those words at all, yet does God cause the tough times?

Pastor Idleman does not deal with the cause as much as the use of tough times in Chapter 3.  He spends Chapter 3 telling us that God uses tough times for our own good because they make us draw closer to Him .

Think back on some of the toughest times you have ever had.  One of the toughest, most gut-wrenching times of my life resulted in me crying out to God and He answered.  At that time I needed Him so badly but the irony was that it was the first time I ever asked Him for help.  He  helped.  I won’t get into the gory details about what was going on in my life but I needed something.  I was about to lose all that was dear to me.

I cried out–He answered–I was “born again” and have had a relationship with God ever since.

Yes, God used my tough times.  It is clear to me now as I reflect back on my 16 years of walking with Him.

Question: Some of you have had hard times.  Do you believe God has used those for your good?  If not, did you cry out in earnest for Him to help?

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