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At the times in my life when I have felt abandoned and alone, I have thought that God was punishing me for the sins I have committed and the bad decisions I have made. Many times I have thought, ‘What if God is punishing me?’ When I reach dead ends, I always start questioning my first step. Did God really say that I should go this way? Where did I go wrong? Has God abandoned me? Well, in all such situations I have come to appreciate that it was not punishment or abandonment, it was actually preparation.
I wouldn’t be able to pray and encourage women if I had not gone through all I have gone through as a woman: Meeting dead ends and disappointments over and over. At times I get messages from women who need advice and I feel unqualified but God reminds me, ‘I took you through the same situation for this one lady, talk to her, pray with her’ God reminds me of the prisons and pits I have been through and confirms that even though it felt like punishment, it was actually preparation. When I was on radio, there are times I was given very ‘mature’ shows to run, and I felt so little to host a family show, pray for marriages yet I am single. Little did I know that God was preparing me for a marriage ministry beyond my imagination.
Look at Joseph’s life? He went through so much, from being sold by his brothers as a slave, to being falsely accused by Potiphar’s wife, to being imprisoned. All these worked together for his good, when being made second in command in Egypt Pharaoh told him “Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one as discerning and wise as you.” (Genesis 41:39) This means that all the trials and troubles he went through were a blessing in disguise, shaping him to be wise and discerning. He must have learnt a lot as a slave, as a servant in the palace and as a prisoner. He might have wondered if God was punishing him, why God had abandoned him, but at the end of the day, it all turned out for his good.
Be reminded today that God is not punishing you; He is actually shaping you for something greater that is coming. The trials are opportunities for growth; you are becoming stronger and wiser for great assignments set apart for you. Remain faithful.