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God Will Not Waste Your Hurt

By Rodney Holmstrom, Global Field Director

I know when hard things happen around us or to us in life and ministry, it can make us a bit wobbly. It is the hard conversations or facing tough battles that feel scary and insurmountable. Or your personal struggles, seeing people close to you turn away from God, walking through hard relationship struggles, or __________. 

All this can create a rippling wave of hurt, anxiety, doubt, fear, and extensive pain in our hearts and lives. 

I know I am not immune to the same feelings and struggles and can be a little dysregulated in this space. 

Some reminders I hold onto in the messy places of life and ministry tend to help me stay the course in the dry, barren, and even difficult things that life throws at us. 

*If God has called you to this chapter in your life and ministry, He will sustain you through the journey.

*The discomfort you are feeling is temporary. Lean into God with your pain and trust that He is accessible to you as His child.

*The reward from your persistence will far outweigh and outlast your present circumstances.

God will not waste this hurt as you grow through this with his loving responsiveness. 

*Remember who you do this for. God has given you a purpose in this. 

*Just because it is hard right now doesn’t mean it’s not God. Some of our greatest growth comes in the most difficult seasons of life.

“For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants” (Isaiah 44:3 NIV).

God will quench the deep thirst and longing in your heart and in your struggle. Keep seeking Him and trusting that He is not only willing, able, and caring, but He loves being with us in the daily battles if we trust and invite Him into those spaces.

Keep going because God isn’t done with you. 

God is greater, and greater things are still to come.


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