It’s no secret that a Christian’s life is marred by countless trials. And so often when we are burdened with a challenge we think that God leaves our side, but what if I told you that God was there the very moment and set that difficult circumstance himself for you?
People are often easily drawn to visionaries. Why? Because they light up the room, they bring energy and direction, and they make you feel important. Who wouldn’t want that? But did you know that the biggest visionaries have been those that always gave people a hard time?
Take Martin Luther King Jr for example. The way he challenged the minds of the African Americans was inconvenient. Winston Churchill was the same, in that he always made a big group of his constituents feel challenged. Visionaries always give people a hard time.
Of all the visionaries in history, God was the biggest visionary of all. He not only sees and knows the big picture, he is the big picture! And because he’s a visionary, he often gives us a hard time.
Take for instance the moments in time when the nation of Israel fell into captivity, they often viewed it as a curse. But their captivity was always a means for God to bless both the nations of Israel and the other nations as well. Here are a few examples.
The time that Israel was under captivity and when the appointed time had come, God showed his power to both the Egyptians and Israelites through the nine plagues. By the time the Israelites left, they took a big chunk of Egyptian wealth with them. They became rich because of their captivity.
Again, Israel shared in the treasure of one of the biggest empires in the world, even purchasing land and earning the currency of the Babylonians. Talk about OFW remittances! And by the time God appointed Nehemiah to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, they didn’t use their own money. They got it from foreign investors. Moreover, when Daniel and his friends took a stand for God in Babylon, the whole empire came to know God and was saved.
The Romans were key to the fulfilling of the work of the cross. No romans, no salvation from our sin. It’s as simple as that. Also, the Roman empire was where the Gospel was first propagated.
In Isaiah 49:6, God said to Israel: ““It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the preserved of Israel; I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”
God gives us a hard time because that’s how he increases the vision for our lives, and uses us for mightier things. If God is giving you a hard time today, it’s His way of using your situation to bless the nations.