Sorrow is better than laughter, For by a sad countenance the heart is made better. The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, But the heart of fools is in the house of mirth. Ecclesiastes 7:3-4 NKJV
When I was a baby Christian a friend told me, “When you suffer trials and heartache it either makes you bitter or better.”
Corrie Ten Boom was sent to the Nazi concentration camps during World War 2. She was the only member of her family to survive. She was stripped of everything but her faith in God.
Corrie developed a habit of talking to God. She enjoyed His presence more than anything else. Jesus was with her everywhere she went. He was with her in the death camps. His presence sustained her during the humiliation and torture she endured.
God used Corrie to share the Gospel with millions of people all over the world. She even went to Germany and shared Jesus with the nation responsible for the deaths of her loved ones.
God uses trials heartache and suffering to mold us and shape us into people He can use to bring glory and honor to His name. He uses hardship to make us useful vessels in His Mighty Hands. The Lord uses pain and loss to bring people to faith in Jesus Christ!
I cannot explain why Corrie Ten Boom had to suffer so much. Only the Lord knows what is needed for us to become all that God created us to be.
Corrie would have chosen another way if she could have. She was thankful for the trials and hardships God allowed into her life. She was grateful God found her worthy of suffering for Jesus. She did not ask for it. She did not enjoy it. She was thankful for it!
God will not withhold any good thing from us!
Our lives will not be filled with fun and games all the time. We will have times of sorrow and hardship. We will suffer heartache and loss. God is able to use all things for our good and His glory!
Jesus can use times of testing trial and hardship to bring us to a place of resting in Him!
God can use you to bless people. He can use you to share the Gospel with a world that needs Christ desperately. Jesus can use you to bring glory and honor to His holy name!
Allow God to mold you and shape you into a useful vessel in His Mighty Hands!
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