I was back at Broadmoor Baptist Church. I was thinking that at least 5 years have gone by since I was there last. I looked around, the room seemed smaller, the people older. And as Dr. Chuck started talking it seemed like a train had just come around the bend, noisy, and heading right for me. He talked about his depression and I questioned his motives. The stillness in the room surrounded me as the train railed its course. I decided I had not been given role of critic, but as worshipper, and so I listened to my preacher. And simply put it was a benefit to all there.
Genesis 39:6-10, 20-23
1. Quit asking God “Why?” If you’re asking why, it better be “Why God have you been so good to me?” We can be too busy asking why that we miss out on God’s purposes. My pain is not unique or more than I can handle.
2. 1 Corinthians 10:13 If He doesn’t take it away, he is going to give you the grace to endure it. There is no difficulty we’re going to face where God’s grace is not sufficient.
The greatest lessons in my life have been learned through the pain. But that can only happen if we look to God in the pain. If my focus in the pain is God then my attitude towards the pain and towards others will change. Even in prison, Joseph’s thinking “God’s got a plan.” The whole worlds gonna eat thru seven years of famine because of what you did. Man meant it for evil, God meant it for good. (41:46-57) Egypt was still the land of affliction, not where he wanted to be, but he was determined to be fruitful and faithful. We’re too concerned about getting out of the pain that we don’t look to God’s plan. Don’t be in such a hurry to get “back to normal” that we don’t hear Him, because His grace is sufficient.
By Dr. Chuck Pourciau