Your Sufferings Are a Precious Gift from God
|Written by Patrick Morley|
|Monday, May 03 2010 00:00|
Bill ran his business in the good times as though good times would never end. When the recession hit, he had a mountain of debt and no reserves.
As he sat across the breakfast table from me, he explained that he could see no way out. His first and second homes were both mortgaged to the hilt. He and his wife had been fighting constantly. He told me he had $1,000,000 in life insurance. Then he said with a chilling detachment, "I've decided that the best thing for everybody would be for me to commit suicide."
In less than 30 minutes, Bill had a written plan that he could take to his wife and discuss. The plan was to sell both homes within 90 days and purchase a town home free and clear to give his wife some security. It was not "list" or "try to sell," but "sell." So he had to list the properties at a realistic price, and begin lowering the asking price every 10 days or so until the properties sold. Second, he would take a job doing whatever he could get to demonstrate to his wife that he was willing to work.
Once he had made his plan, you could see the color of hope quickly return to his face.
Then I asked Bill to add one point to the end of his plan: "Your sufferings are a precious gift from God." A wave of understanding swept over him as the Holy Spirit confirmed the truth of this statement to a very emotional man on the brink.
Here are the Scriptures I asked him to write down.
As we prayed and parted company, Bill said, "I know I'm going to be all right now. God is in control. I know we'll get through this."
Bill is now meeting with another man in the same boat. Last week he wrote, "PS: I met with John last week and tried to help him with a possible Census Job like mine, but he called me today and said nothing was available. He sounded 'down' so I am going to call him after sending you this email."
Isn't God good? Far from a reason to abandon hope, suffering is the precious gift that keeps drawing us back to the unfailing love, grace, and mercy of the Father who adopted us, the Son who died for us, and the Spirit who intercedes for us with groans so deep that words cannot express.
It turns out He is making us, not breaking us.
Yours for changed lives,