The Lord intends us to gain a living benefit from those things in our life that have wounded us. In His sovereign order He writes into our story things that have wounded us. And while these sufferings make us dependent on Jesus’ Life to experience victory, that is not the only reason. His ultimate plan is for us to receive His Lordship over these events and allow His Life to come forth from these ashes to become vessels of healing and wholeness. There are benefits of His wounding, but we have to pursue the Father to access them.
Suffering and Being Wounded
By receiving our suffering from God’s hands He turns our pain into wholeness. While to resist our story, is to perpetuate the pain and become one who wounds. When we accept His sovereign story written on our life then He transforms our lives into a source of His healing for us and for others. Our acceptance opens us up to receive His wholeness.
The Lord doesn’t haphazardly inflict pain in our lives but to gain the benefits of His choices, we have to yield to His sovereign plan. It is a life or death proposition. To receive or not to receive is to open ourselves to heavens purposes and plans. The alternative is to wither under the weight of our resistance.
Witness of Suffering
I have been witness to this process in many lives. The wake from resistance is further suffering and pain, while the open-hearted receiver becomes a beacon of His Light and Life. It comes down to being a victim or a victor.
Here is the long and short of this tale. We can never access the living reality of the exchange of Christ’s Life without receiving His Authored story in our lives. God’s sovereignty and His exchanged Life are paired closely together.
Moreover we know that to those who love God, who are called according to His plan, everything that happens fits into a pattern for good.
Romans 8:28 Phillips
Today, whenever we encounter or face a problem, an obstacle, a conflict, let’s see it with new eyes — as a potential blessing. As part of God’s redemption to work it out for good.