Not Just Consolation

Not Just Consolation

Just for the record, the goal of what God is forming on my worst days is not only consolation. It’s maturity, health and destiny. Consolation is stunningly wonderful, but it doesn’t free me into my tomorrows. I need to know that what God is allowing during my worst day is redemptive into greater purpose. I need to know I still have a future, God’s perfect and magnificent future. It’s what Paul shouts out in Romans five. Tribulation brings perseverance. That forms proven character, which inevitably, invariably gives me hope. Stunning hope. It’s not me proving my character to God. It’s God revealing the character he’s been working in me, to me!

Here’s how it might look: I find myself in an actual reality of pain, confusion, and stunned reversal of fortune. God doesn’t specially create such pain for a test. He just employs what already exists in a fallen world and uses it for my best. To reveal anything, it has to feel like much is on the line. So, tribulation, (i.e. ‘my worst days’) releases a chance to see myself weather it, to see that God can get me to the next season, fully intact. I find my greatest fears of what denial I thought I might do, didn’t happen. I find that while I don’t respond perfectly, Christ in me turns out to be enough. So much more than enough. The maturity he’s been building in me worked when I most needed it. This season of it being tested out is actually creating new maturity!
I’m still in the storm, but I want you to know, more and more each day, I am experiencing real and tested hope. I’m not sure I could have found it any other way.

9 comments (Add your own)

1. vanessa casillas wrote:
So good, said beautifully!

Fri, February 8, 2013 @ 6:31 AM

2. Brien Butler wrote:
I am believing in it all John and anxiously awaiting the hope part.

Fri, February 8, 2013 @ 7:51 AM

3. sharon dickman wrote:
Beautiful truth!

Fri, February 8, 2013 @ 10:26 AM

4. Colleen Schumer wrote:
EXACTLY the encouragement I needed! Thank you for an eternal, divine perspective.

Fri, February 8, 2013 @ 7:33 PM

5. Norm wrote:
You have no idea how much I needed to hear this as I am in the middle of my worst days. I need to hear it again and again and again. Thank you.

Fri, February 8, 2013 @ 8:57 PM

6. Marci wrote:
I loved the part, "God doesn't specifically create such pain for a test. He just employs what already exists in a fallen world and uses it for my best." To me, this puts clear words of hope to what's happening in my "whys?" Thanks, again, John.

Fri, February 8, 2013 @ 9:09 PM

7. Russ wrote:
Thanks John, as it is written, "he who glories, let him glory in the Lord." 1 cor 1:31

Sat, February 9, 2013 @ 4:38 PM

8. Phyllis wrote:
Shared this with my cousin who is going through the fire right now. I think she is at the breaking point. This is the encouragement she needs. Thank you. God bless you.

Mon, February 11, 2013 @ 10:39 PM

9. Kris wrote:
Yes, there is hope. I think always. Good stuff, John. Thx.

Wed, April 10, 2013 @ 3:08 PM

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