It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees. – Psalm 119:71 NIV
The people God uses are people who are depending on Him, whose reliance is on Him. These are people who are not looking for the next thing to give them life. They learn to find contentment and joy and life in the Lord Jesus Christ. Oftentimes God doesn't change your circumstances, but He gives you a new perspective. Once you see the truth, your perspective changes. Then your desires change. That changes how you view disappointment and circumstances.
I remember when my son Rex was about to turn three. We were at the swimming pool, and three of the boys needed to go to the bathroom. A lot can go wrong when you have that many in the bathroom, so I was on my best behavior, really paying attention. I was in the stall with one of them when I heard Rex say, "There's some gum!" When that registered, I went dashing out to him just in time to see him taking a piece of gum out of the urinal. I slapped it out of his hand-it could have looked bad-but he was about to put it in his mouth! I will never forget the expression in his face as he looked up at me: "How dare you?" was what it said. He was thinking, "It's a perfectly good piece of pee gum." How many of you think that sounds appetizing?! You know the truth about pee gum.
In many ways that's what God is doing for us. You need perspective. God takes things away that you don't know aren't good for you. He's teaching you His ways, His perspective.
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