The Bible assures us that in this life we will have troubles, some of them come from the natural process of being alive and some we create because of our sin, brokenness and rebellion; or all three in my case. But today I’m grateful for my past; the hard lessons marked by grief, loss, and betrayal; the years wasted by addiction, wandering, and selfishness; the opportunities misplaced because of codependency and people pleasing. I’m grateful because today I’m able to use it all to help other people. What good is our mess if it doesn’t minister to another human being? Once we begin to submit our will to God not only does He show us our sinful ways, He lovingly restores us while teaching us valuable lessons that can turn our mess into a powerful testimony.
He shows us our sinful ways through the process of revelation and correction, “For the LORD disciplines those he loves, and He punishes each one He accepts as His child.” (Hebrews 12:6)
He restores us: “Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up.” (Psalm 71:20)
He turns our ‘mess’ into a victory by showing us what we were really after all along, “The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out.” (Proverbs 20:5)
We can’t change the fact that in this life we “will have trouble,” (John 16:33) and we can’t change the destructive power of sin in the world, but we can rejoice in the fact that our heavenly father who loves us will not waste any of it when we turn our eyes toward Him.