Nothing Is In Vain

Yesterday I was thinking about our trials. They are like the soil that receives the seeds of the character the Lord wants to develop in us. Only He knows what character is needed to fulfill His purpose through our lives.

Years ago I was really struggling in a trial. The Lord spoke these words, “Nothing is in vain. I will redeem it all.” The words seemed incredulous. Nothing?

All trials are designed to impart something that we lack. The trial you are in right now is for your benefit. It is God’s best for you. When I fell head first into the six foot ravine in 1977, I had no clue what the Lord was doing. Since I didn’t remember the fall for three and a half years, I just thought my health was in a rapid decline.

Yet, the fall was His best. Through those bedridden years, He wooed me into a depth of relationship with Him that I had never experienced before.

He had to stop me in my tracks so I could learn to be still. In that stillness, He spoke to my heart. He brought me into deep intimate communion with Him. I have never been the same since that fall. It was a radical course-correction that impacted every aspect of my being.

There is another aspect of our trials. He uses them to encourage and strengthen others. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort., who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”

He redeems everything that we have gone through. Nothing is in vain or wasted. Everything I write or speak comes through my intimate communion with Him. My brain injuries are my greatest assets. That fall developed character that could not have been formed in any other way.

I encourage you to embrace His best. Why? 2 Corinthians 9:8 says, “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.” He gives us the grace-strength we need to endure so that He will be glorified.

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