When Life Hurts

Little Thoughts For Big Days
Little Thoughts For Big Days

Remember Joseph? He was rejected by his brothers and abandoned. Later, falsely accused and imprisoned by his employer! Forsaken and in prison, living the life of a loser, we might think if we looked through eyes of judgement rather than “Grace.”

Life was so unfair yet Joseph, rather than wallowing in self pity rallied to become a trusted leader in the jail. You see, he was forgotten by others but not by God. God had a plan through it all and Joseph gained unmerited favour in his captor’s eyes, was released from his prison and elevated to the second highest in command over Egypt! It was all in God’s plan! His grace sustained Joseph through the deep loss and pain of life.

When life hurts, walk with God through it. Make the right choices and let His grace release you from the prison that holds you in bondage, whatever prison that might be. He gives strength, grace, healing and mercy for the rejection, abandonment and all the unfairness in life. He will meet you where you are to shower you with unmerited favor and bring you through victoriously.

“Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus…endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.”
2 Timothy 2: 1,3

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“But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.

We live in a culture where image is everything. It screams at us from the billboards, the media and the magazines. Everything about life says image is where it’s at and it’s all about me: how I look, how I excel and how much I deserve it. It’s about my rights and me, me, me. It’s the concept of how good can “I” look in the eyes of others that drives us on a wild goose chase in relentless pursuit of illusive happiness. Choosing to live this way leaves us empty and confused. How deceived we are when we get caught in the enemy’s trap where image also becomes our perception of others as well and our observations of externals control our conclusions about them. God views us so differently as He sees past all the surface, the masks and the façade. He sees the hurt and confusion as He peers into the deep motivations of the heart and soul to the true character of the person. He alone, can change a soft heart and create an inner beauty that allows us to see ourselves and others in different light. In His light! The light of His love! Let’s also remember that God chooses different people for different things. God’s rejection of Eliab was not a rejection of the person himself, or of the way he looked, but simply a rejection because He had another choice for the job at hand. He had another man whose destiny it was to be king. It was to be David and David it was! We do well to remember this, when things don’t go for us, as we think they should. When doors close for us and seem to open for others, It’s not God rejecting us, but simply saying that what we have in mind is not what He has in mind for us. David was a man after God’s own heart. If our hearts are right and righteous before God, He will use rejections to open up new doors for our destiny. That’s what He does. I love how He does it.