When life isn’t going as we expected, we may feel discouraged, defeated, or even devastated. During those seasons, we spend a lot of energy trying to get rid of or avoid whatever is causing our pain. We love comfort and happiness, so we pray for God to intervene on our behalf. We ask him to remove the things that make our lives less than perfect. But what if God is up to something in the midst of our suffering—something more profound than comfort and happiness? When your circumstances leave you feeling discouraged, defeated, or devastated, you want God to remove the source of your pain. But what if that’s not in your best interest? Maybe the greatest thing he can do for you is not remove your pain but use it. Maybe there is a level of your life you can only reach if you allow him to use it.
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