Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish. In your love you kept me from the pit of destruction; you have put all my sins behind your back. Isaiah 38:17 New International Version
Many times in my life I wanted to go my own way. In this foolishness I was heading for disaster. Jehovah allowed me to travel the path only so long and then brought circumstances to me which brought about much anguish. At the time I called out to Him and cried asking Him why He was doing this to me. I mistakenly believed He was punishing me. In reality He was guiding me away from destruction.
When I repented (which means not only being remorseful but to stop doing those destructive things) I felt clean as He washed my sins from me.
Then came the time to take huge steps of faith in obedience to where he was leading me and to what He intended for me to do.
The process involved smashing the old me like a vase and remoulding me on His divine potters wheel to be the servant He had intended for me to be.
Each step of the way I am sure it brought praise to His name in what I accomplished for Him which is why He did it. Yes it was to bring others into His kingdom through me obedient service to Him but it was also for my benefit. When I see those now who stayed on the same path as I was on thirty years ago I praise my Beloved for rescuing me from such horrible destruction.
Gods preparation for greatness in His kingdom is often filled with difficult preparation Os Hillman
Prayer: Thank you Jehovah Rohi (God is our Sheppard) for guiding this sometimes wayward sheep of Yours back into Your divine flock that is heading to a Heavenly pasture. I apologize for occasionally being an obstinate child which needs Your firm discipline to redirect him on Your chosen path. I exalt You in the name of the greatest Sheppard Jesus Christ. Amen.
May the sunshine of Jesus’ sweet love bless you today and every day.