Godís economy is all about turning our hardship into help for someone else. There is a purpose in pain. Itís never pleasant at the time, but it bears fruit for others. The process is quite simple really. I go through something that necessitates my receiving resources from God to get through it. And while God is strengthening me, the strength that He gives me is something I can share with someone else, especially someone going through a similar difficulty.
Paul puts it this way in 2 Corinthians 1:3-5Ö
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the Lord of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.
There you have it. Overflowing comfort. When weíre going through a hard time, God gives us more than enough to cope, so weíll have something leftover to share with someone else, thus giving us a purpose even in our hardship. This is so important because one of the tendencies when things go bad is to think that our life is suddenly pointless and wasted. We find it hard to wrestle anything good out of the bad things that happen to us. But the good is always there, and if we canít see it, itís because we arenít tuned into Godís economy. We are just looking at the situation from one point of view, and it happens to be the most depressing one.
Did you notice, also, that our sufferings and comfort both come from the same source? We share in the sufferings of Christ so that we can share in the comfort that comes from Christ as well. Thatís Godís economy.
So are you going through it right now? Are you asking God, ďWhy?Ē and not getting any answers? Well, at its most basic level, the unique set of circumstances that set you up for this are such that they will qualify you to help someone else in a similar situation. So if that someone should say to you, ďYou canít possibly know what Iím going through,Ē you will be able to say, ďOh yeah? Let me tell you my story and show you how God met me.Ē It keeps circling around like that. Thatís part of Godís economy.
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