I receive several e-mail devotions each week. One of them is UpWords by Max Lucado. Today’s was “My Struggles are About Him“, and was taken from Lucado’s book It’s Not About Me. Lucado asks this question: “Is there any chance…that you have been selected to struggle for God’s glory?” He goes on to give a clue to the answer. He asks about prayer. “Do your prayers seem to go unanswered? What you request and what you receive aren’t matching up? Don’t think God is not listening. Indeed he is. He may have higher plans.”
I confess that there are times when it feels like God is not answering my prayers or that He is giving me something other than what I have been praying for. Yes, I have been frustrated and have wondered why God isn’t listening. Today’s message from Lucado gave me a new perspective. God is listening…He just has other plans for me.
Lucado goes on to tell a story about a man with cancer. He was praying for healing, but no healing came. Lucado told him that the illness was not about him. “Your hospital room is a showcase for your Maker”. The man decided to use his illness to display his faith and reflect God.
I love the way today’s message ended.
“God will use whatever he wants to display his glory. Heavens and stars. History and nations. People and problems. Rather than begrudge your problem. explore it. Ponder it. And most of all, use it. Use it to the glory of God. Through your problems and mine, may God be seen.”
So, the next time I’m struggling with a problem my prayer is that I will remember this short message from Max Lucado. That I would step back and try to see how God will use that problem for a higher calling. That I would use the problem to the glory of God.