By Love Transformed, by R.T. Kendall

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Purpose is a Process

Have you ever cried out to God, "Why"? Have you ever found yourself wondering if He has forgotten you? It is hard to understand why we go through trials in our lives. I don't have the answers, but one thing I do know: God is faithful! He has a plan for us, and knows that our tests have the potential of being our greatest testimonies.

After losing one of my sons in a horrible car crash, I was left wondering what I had done to deserve such grief. In that moment, God was my comfort.

I learned that purpose is a process, and that the greatest tragedy that we experience will access our greatest blessing. It's not a good thing when someone experiences loss, death or misfortune. But God promises in His Word that "all things work together for good" (Rom. 8:28, NKJV).

When I suffered financial devastation, God proved to be my provider. My heart was torn apart when my marriage of 20 years was rocked by betrayal. But God brought healing.

I discovered that when you hold to God's truth, He will turn your grief to glory, your pain to purpose and your tragedy to triumph. All you have to do is proclaim His goodness and stand on the truth in His Word that "they overcame him by the blood of the lamb and the word of their testimony" (Rev. 12:11).

God has not forgotten you! He has a plan for you and is waiting for you to testify of His goodness. Purpose, however, requires patience, faith and a choice to overcome. God can use your mess and turn it into a message.

Make your choice to stand on His promises and turn away from your despair, guilt and shame. Choose to look into the eyes of a Savior who loves you, accepts you and desires to use you for His glory.

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