I don’t know how your 2011 has gone. It couldn’t have been any worse than mine. I couldn’t wait for 2010 to end, because up to that point it had been right up there with my worst years ever. But 2011 is running a close second, and may yet eke out a victory before the end of the year.
Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, 2011!
Today I got an email that made me remember that God has a purpose for trials. In fact, I posted a status update on Facebook earlier this month that expressed the same sentiment, albeit in a pithier way that I could have come up with. I need to carve this into my forehead so that I can see it every time I look in the mirror.
“When God intends to make something wonderful, he begins with a difficulty. When he intends to make something very wonderful, he begins with an impossibility.” – Lord Coggan, former Archbishop of Canterbury
So when I got this email, I was reminded that I needed to stop complaining and look up – for it is “from whence cometh my help.”
Thanks to my dear friend Ruth for sharing:
A king who did not believe in the goodness of God had a slave who always said, “My king, do not be discouraged, because everything God does is perfect – God is never wrong! ”
One day they went hunting and along the way a wild animal attacked the king. His slave managed to kill the animal, but could not prevent His Majesty losing a finger. Furious, and without showing his gratitude for being saved, the nobleman said “Is God good? If He was good, I would not have been attacked and lost my finger.”
The slave replied: “My king, despite all these things, I can only tell you that God is good, and he knows “why” of all these things. What God does is perfect. God is never wrong!”
Outraged by the response, the king ordered the arrest of his slave. Later, he left for another hunt, and was captured by savages who made human sacrifices. In the altar, ready to sacrifice the nobleman, the savages found that the victim was missing one of his fingers, so he was released. According to them, they could not offer an imperfect sacrifice to the gods.
Upon his return to the palace, he authorized the release of his slave, and received him very affectionately. “My dear, God was really good to me! I was almost killed by the wild men, but for lack of a single finger, I was let go! But I have a question: if God is so good, why did he allow me to put you in jail?”
“My King,” replied the slave, “if I had gone with you in this hunt, I would have been sacrificed for you, because I have no missing finger.
Therefore, remember everything God does is perfect. God is never wrong.“
Often we complain about life, and negative things that happen to us, forgetting that nothing is random and that everything has a purpose.
Every morning, offer your day to God, don’t be in a rush. Ask God to inspire your thoughts, guide your actions, and ease your feelings. And do not be afraid. God is never wrong!
Do you know why this message is for you? I do not know, but God knows, because he never makes mistakes……. The path of God and his word is perfect, without impurities. He is the way of all those who trust in Him.
What you do with this message is up to you. May God put in your heart the desire to send it to someone. God knows why He chose you to receive this message. Please bless someone with it.