The Potter's House, one of my absolute favorite songs. The message is somewhat simple, but still very deep. It's one of those concepts that I've KNOWN for a long time, but am truly starting to REALIZE. Many times our lives just seem like everything is going wrong, which very well may be. Even in these situations importance must be placed on truly understanding who God is and what He can do. We must remember that the Lord is all-knowing and all-powerful. Perhaps more importantly we must remember that His grace, mercy, and love for us never goes away. If we really do believe that all things work together for the good of those of us that love Him (Romans 8:28), then why worry? Once this concept is taken in, then we can rest assured in the fact that our trials are never in vain. Sometimes we know what the purpose is or we find out eventually. Other times we never find out and may never know, but we know that there ALWAYS is a purpose. This leads me to two great examples of how God works in his mysterious ways through our trials.
The first is the story of Job; a man who was extremely prosperous in almost every way imaginable. The Lord allowed Satan to attack Job, but still had boundaries that He would not allow the Devil to cross. Job lost his wealth, possessions, and his children. He was broken down to a point where most believers would have lost faith in God long before. In the midst of the trials Job did not understand why he was going through, but he remembered who God was to Him. He kept his faith and remembered that Job is not omniscient, but God is. After a long period of suffering the Lord brought Job to a higher point than Job had ever been before. This made Job's faith stronger and also those around him that saw the way he endured. In addition to that, because this story is in the Bible, this account of radical faith has reached and enriched countless people since Job's time and is still continuing to do so. Definitely not in vain.
The second is the story of our greatest example, Jesus. A truly miraculous account of how our God works mysteriously. Jesus came to this world to die for our sins, and He knew that when He came. Those that were against Jesus continually tried to have Him killed, and obviously they eventually succeeded. What strikes me as so interesting about this situation is that while those who were against our Lord were constantly trying to kill him, in all actuality they were fulfilling our Lord's plan that had been prophesied for many years before.
Psalm 110:1 (KJV):
The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.
Jesus is our ultimate example, period. When we are going through and people/forces are persecuting us, we should not have to think, but we need to know that God is working for our good in immeasurable ways.
Matthew 5:11-13 (KJV) says:
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
After we have come to Christ if every single thing just goes well for us, what are we really good for? We must continue to have hills and valleys so that He can do his good works in us and we can display Christ to the world. In the middle of rough situations, remember it is not the end. Simply stated, "You don't have to stay in the shape that you're in; the Potter wants to put you back together again."
BUT WE MUST BE BROKEN DOWN FIRST TO BE BUILT BACK UP!!!..............