We have all felt it at one time or another: the soul-searing pain of loss. A job suddenly comes to an end. A business we have invested in fails. A relationship we have invested time and energy in ends painfully. In those moments we can feel like all the time, effort and resources we invested was a huge waste. Do I have good news for you…
Nothing is Wasted
There is a passage in the Bible that shines like a beacon in the midst of the hardships of life.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. Romans 8:28 – 29 ESV
These two verses pretty much explain the way life works in the Kingdom. The purpose of God is to reign over a people whose lives are being progressively conformed to the image of His Son, Jesus Christ. Everything we encounter in life is geared to move us toward that end.
This means nothing is ever wasted for those living in the Reign of God. He will take the pain and suffering that was designed to take us down and take us out, and turn it into something that will take us up instead. All we have to do is bring our brokenness to Him and trust Him to do with it what we never could: turn it around for good.
The One Exception
There is one exception to all this, however. Nothing good will come out of life’s struggles if we allow them to make us bitter. When we become bitter we are tempted to judge the Lord as not being good. This attitude can cut us off from His mercies that can turn our bitter waters sweet. Bitterness can cause us to judge ourselves as being failures. When we view ourselves this way it prevents us from putting ourselves in position to receive the Lord’s healing mercies. We may even judge others in our bitterness. This bitter attitude is the opposite of love and causes us to walk contrary to the Lord. Bitterness is a poison that not only ruins our lives, but it contaminates everything we touch. Nothing good will ever come from bitterness.
Redeeming Our Pain
How does the Lord redeem our pain and turn it for good? The apostle Paul tells us in 2nd Corinthians 1:3 – 4.
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. NLT
The Lord redeems our troubles by extending His grace and mercy to us in the midst of them. We, in turn, can then pass those blessings on to others, assuring them of the Lord’s goodness in our difficulties. When we share what the Lord has imparted to us, we speak from a place of authority because we have experienced His comfort for ourselves. We become an authentic voice of reassurance instead of simply parroting something we heard something someone else say. Our words will touch a deep chord in the hearts of the hearers. Simply put, our scars today become the Lord’s channel of healing to others tomorrow. Hallelujah!
Are You Hurting?
Let me state it again: nothing is ever wasted in the Kingdom of God. Our most tragic experiences can be used by the King to achieve His ends. His glory shines the brightest when life is the darkest. Are you hurting? Don’t waste your pain by becoming bitter. Bring your brokenness to the King. Give Him the shattered pieces of your life and see what miraculous things He will do with them as you continue living in the Reign.
As a bonus, I have posted an amazing song by Elevation Worship titled Nothing is Wasted. I hope you find it encouraging.