God recycles your life experiences for the benefit of someone else!
“Now keep this in mind: it was you, not your children, who saw and experienced firsthand all the lessons the Eternal your God taught you. You saw how He demonstrated His majesty and His overwhelming power.” Deuteronomy 11:2 (The Voice).
Your life experiences with God are the valuable assets you have in life. They are not liabilities on the balance sheet of your life. They are true assets. You have experienced God’s hand in a unique way different from others. God taught you who He is in and through your bad and good experiences, didn’t He? God allowed you to go through certain situations and provided divine help in those times so that he can use you later to help someone else who goes through the same situation.
There is a beautiful verse in 2nd Corinthians 1:3-4. It says, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” Apostle Paul shared his life experience in these verses. He elaborates in verses 8-10, “We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again.” Even after almost two thousand years, these words still guide us in our difficulties, doesn’t it?
Beloved, God does not waste any of your experiences. God is the best recycler. He recycles your good and bad experiences to teach and help someone else. All your life experiences are divinely designed for some higher purpose if you allow God to use them for his glory. “Were all your experiences wasted? I hope not!” (Galatians 3:4, NCV). You must write down your good and bad experiences with God.
Elsewhere in another daily insight, I encouraged you to keep a prayer journal. I think we must keep an experience journal also. Who knows how wonderfully and triumphantly the almighty God would use it?
Do not shy away from the bad and painful experiences of your life. You should not and do not need to live on your past because you need to move forward in God’s wonderful plan. However, you need to talk about it and teach others how great and good God is.
Our today’s insight reminds us of this -your firsthand experiences gave you lessons about who God is and how He works in our lives. Your children or other people around you do not learn those unique lessons in their life as of yet. You have seen and experienced God’s majesty and overwhelming power in your unique situation. Use those experiences to witness the greatness of God. Share your story to bring others to Christ. He was with you and delivered you in the past so that He can use you in another person’s life.
After the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, before his ascension to heaven, he gave a command to his disciples. He said, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” In this post-modern society, you can share your wonderful testimony with the whole wide world because of the power of the world-wide-web. May the Holy Spirit who is in you give you the illumination and power to do it. Your children, your friends, your neighborhood, your community, your nation, and the world need to hear your story of God’s love, redemption, and deliverances. Listen, God wants you to share it.
Got a moment for today’s prayer? “Father in heaven, I thank you for the good and bad experiences you gave in my life. When I look back I learned the lesson of how great and faithful you are. I worship you. You comforted me in all my troubles so that I can comfort those who are in trouble with the comfort I received from you. You said your presence is always with me. I thank you for giving you only Son, Jesus Christ, for my sins and shortcomings so that I can get forgiveness and fellowship with you. I accept Jesus as my savior and Lord. Please save me and guide me. In christ’s name, I pray, Amen.