• Lori Somerville

God Uses It All

The king was attracted to Esther more than to any of the other women, and she won his favor and approval . . . So he set a royal crown on her head and made her queen.” Esther 2:17 (NIV)

God doesn’t just want to use your gifts. He wants to use your limitations, too. What? Yes, he has a plan for all of you. We have a phrase we like to use a lot - God can use your most broken places to heal someone else. There is nothing in you or about you that God can't use for His Kingdome! Take a look at Esther, for example. She had several big limitations that made her perfect for the role God wanted her to fulfill. She was an orphan adopted by Mordecai; she was a minority, a Jew living in a Persian country; and she was a single woman.

A single woman in a male-dominated society had zero rights. But God used all of these things to help her fulfill her destiny. Sometimes what looks like a disaster in your life is part of a much bigger plan. Esther could have just said, “If only I hadn’t been chosen . . . If only I had a better education . . . If only I was more like someone else.” A lot of people do that. They live their lives in resentment, always looking at people’s successes and saying, “Well it must be nice to be like them.” If you have that attitude, you will never fulfill God’s calling on your life. You must realize that the unpleasant obstacles in your life are often God-ordained opportunities to make a difference.

We develop this outlook when we compare our broken insides to someone else's outsides. That person who seems to have it all: successful career, good marriage, well-behaved children, perfect house, etc----you don't know what they have walked through to end up where they are today. You only see the outside stuff. And the truth is - It’s hard to see that when you’re in pain. Look at Job. He was the wealthiest man in the world, and then one day God allowed everything to be taken from him— his family, wealth, and health. And when Job started questioning God, God was silent. Job said, “I do not see him in the north, for he is hidden. I look to the south, but he is concealed. But he knows where I am going . . . Once he has made his decision, who can change his mind? Whatever he wants to do, he does. So he will do to me whatever he has planned. He controls my destiny” (Job 23:9-10, 13-14 NLT). We’re living in uncertain times, and you may not be able to figure everything out. But God knows what’s going on. The pleasures and pains, the opportunities and obstacles—God can use it all.

We'd love to partner with you to help you discover your healing and the plan that God has for using your pain and disappointment to bring healing to someone else. God's plan for your life includes it all - the wonderful gifts inside of you and the pain and despration you may be feeling right now. He never wastes a hurt. Invite God today to turn your pain and brokenness into someone else's healing balm.

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