We all stumble in seasons of hardship. When life’s storms start to blow those awful winds of unease, unpredictability, and anxiety our inner peace is usually the first to go.

We scurry around to do our best at solving our problems ourselves, which sometimes works, but sometimes our problems feel bigger than us. Issues with the ones we love can feel overwhelming and completely out of our control. Fears of the future can slowly infiltrate and become a constant in our minds, creeping in when our lives get quiet and the business of the day ceases. Making coffee in the morning, laying our heads down at night, or seeing a close friend can open those flood gates where fear threatens to overwhelm us.

I often find my most important, memorable, and heartfelt encouragement from God during these trials. Gems of wisdom and truth become divine appointments for me and, probably like you, God speaks to me though others.

I recently found a passage from Beth Moore, one of my favorite godly authors, that became a divine appointment for me; I hope it will be for you. It brought soothing to my heart immediately and brought language to my perpetual question of why does God let us go through trials. This passage gives me immediate strength and a place to stand when I feel like I am sinking.

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. (NKJV). God thinks of his children continually. And when God thinks of his children, He only thinks in terms of what can be used toward our good, toward his plan for us, and toward the future. His intentions can only be pure. Right. Full of hope. Promoting peace. Listen carefully. God did not haphazardly or accidentally let Joseph’s brothers throw him in the pit. He had already thought it out in advance. Considered it. Weighed it. Checked it against the plumbline of the plan. He had looked at the good it would ultimately accomplish, the lives that could be helped and even saved. Then and only then, in His sovereign purpose did He permit such harm to come to His beloved child. Had the incident not possessed glorious purpose, God would have disarmed it.” -Beth Moore.

"Had the incident not possessed glorious purpose, God would have disarmed it."

This gives me such hope. It gives me purpose. It takes the ownership of the problem swiftly out of my hands and directs my attention towards what is in my control: allowing myself to be in partnership with God in creating what He sees as good, right, and positive in the outcome. To give up resistance and to thoughtfully, actively, with open arms wait for God to direct our steps through this wilderness that God is allowing. The challenge is to allow this experience to break us in all the right ways so God’s glory and mercy in our lives will come to pass.

For all of us who are currently in a season of wilderness, my hope is that you write the words on your heart, “Had the incident not possessed glorious purpose, God would have disarmed it.” Yes, sweet friend, there is purpose in our pain and God will work everything out for our good.

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