The worst of times in a man’s life end up being used effectively for the Lord, Go figure. He ended the sin — He confessed it — He accepted full responsibility — He grieved over it and the losses it was creating — He embraced the reality of who he’d become — He allowed God to use it — He decided to use it to help others.
Today, tens of thousands of men have become willing to let God use the most painful episodes in their lives. At times we all wonder why God allows us to experience such incredible pain, there seems to be no point in it. Whether it is something we did or something someone else did to us or something we had no control over, if we are willing to let Him use it, He brings about His glory through those things. The best and most effective God’s men are the ones who become vulnerable. Vulnerability is the antithesis of pride.
Listen to this letter from another God’s man, the apostle Paul: “So I wouldn’t get a big head, I was given the gift of a handicap, to keep me in constant touch with my limitations. Satan’s angel did his best to get me down; what he in fact did was push me to my knees. No danger then of walking around high and mighty! At first I didn’t think of it as a gift, and begged God to remove it. Three times I did that, and then he told me,
My grace is enough; it’s all you need, my strength comes into its own in your weakness.
Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift; it was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:7-9 The Message) God’s plan is to use the very things we want to keep a secret or keep hidden. God uses our weakness. What’s in your closet?
Father, your wisdom is absolutely amazing.