Sometimes in life we find ourselves in difficult places that we never asked to be in. If we aren’t careful we will give up too soon or get frustrated because we don’t understand what God is trying to do in our lives. In this multiple part series I share some lessons we can learn during these difficult times. You can find Part 1 and Part 2 here.
In my last post, I wrote how we have to learn to depend upon the “King” during difficult times and we have to realize our seasons of difficulty are only for an appointed time.
The next step in enduring difficult places is understanding the purpose of it. I’ve learned that if I can understand the purpose behind something, then I can can endure it a little easier. There’s an old saying that says, “A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.” The sugar is the purpose of it all.
Lesson 4: Your time of difficulty is for a purpose.
Daniel 1:5b, “and after that they were to enter the king’s service.”
Your time of captivity is to prepare you for the “King’s” service. God turns our times of difficulty into a time of preparation.
It’s hard to understand how God uses pain in our lives, but Paul reminds us of this in Romans 8:28 when he says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
I have a brother in the Army. Over the course of several years he spent 3 tours in Iraq. Before he was sent off to war he was sent to boot camp for several weeks to get his mind and body ready for the harsh realities of war.
Your time of difficulty is your boot camp! By the way, if you’re a born again Christian, then you’re in a war against the devil.
God doesn’t allow us to go into captivity to leave us there. He allows us to go there to prepare us for service.
If you’re facing difficulty right now, then you need to know God is preparing you for something greater and more significant. It’s not because he’s mad at you, it’s because he trusts you. (Read that again!)
Lesson 5: The Lord equips you supernaturally during your time of difficulty.
Daniel 1:17, “To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds.”
The Lord equipped Daniel and his friends supernaturally while they were in captivity in preparation for their promotion.
If Daniel had not went through this time of equipping he would not have been able to give Nebuchadnezzar the answer to his question.
You are going to meet people down the road in your life who are going to need what you have. They’re going to need answers to life’s difficult questions and you’re going to be one that can help them.
This past year has been one of the hardest years of my life. My family has had more difficulties that I can count or even go into on this blog. Recently, I had breakfast with a friend who was facing some real difficulties in his life. As he confided with me what he had been going through I felt burdened for him. As he shared his story I had a God moment. While he was sharing I quickly realized why God had allowed me to go through so much this year. I went through so much this year because this dear friend was going to need someone to help him get through a similar time in his life. God turned my mess into a ministry!
In your captivity God supernaturally equips you with the gifts and talents that you will need in order to get you to where he needs you.
In Part 4 of this series I will discuss keeping yourself pure while waiting on God and how your promotion almost always follows your difficulty.
Question: How can you use your current difficulty to help someone else?