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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Winning In Spite of the "Why's"

"Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel" (Philippians 1:12).

"Why does this always happen to me?"  Honestly, most of us have either said this or felt this during the midst of some moment of the crisis.  It's during those seasons where we are overwhelmed with the "why's" of life.  "Why do bad things happen to good people?"  "Why does trouble always find me?"  "Why does God keep letting things happen to me?"  "I'm trying to do the right things, but the wrong things keep coming.  Why?"

You are not alone!  Paul was in prison when he wrote these unlikely words of inspiration.  He wasn't complaining or whining about the "why's" and the woes.  And, if anybody had any reasonable justification for doing so, he sure did!  Imprisoned for standing up and doing exactly what God had called him to do, he could have chosen to sulk, complain, and wallow in his own swamp of self-centered pride and pity.  Notice that he didn't try to explain why this was happening, only to say that God was using this circumstance in his life in order to advance the message of the life-changing power of Jesus!

The enemy of his soul must have been rejoicing.  Paul was in prison.  He was unable to get the message out.  He was isolated.  He was immobile.  But, he was inspired, impassioned, and ignited with a purpose to perseveringly stand up and live out who He was in Jesus!  Satan thought he was winning only to find out that it would have been better for him and his devious plan to have never messed with Paul in the first place.  God was using Satan's plan that was intended and fashioned for devastation and destruction, as a tool and a cause for celebration!

In your life, are you going through something and unsuccessfully searching aimlessly for the reason of "why?"  Though it surely weighs down your heart with great discouragement, you have landed upon a divine opportunity to place your trust and hope, in the midst of this season of being tried and tested, upon Him.   This is when you need to throw your hands up and say, "Lord, though I don't understand why, I trust You.  I ask You to use me and this situation to reveal who You are to others that are observing me now."  In spite of the prison that you may feel you are unjustly in, look to Jesus, that He might use this for your good, but for His glory, that those around you might see Him IN YOU.

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