I’ve been following along with an online Bible Study at Proverbs 31 Ministries called Living So That by Wendy Blythe. It’s a study of many scriptures in the Bible that have a “so that” in them. This week’s “so that” verse comes out from James 1:2-4
Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.
The point being … we face trials ‘so that’ our faith will grow and ‘so that’ God will be glorified.
We can look at so many times in the Bible where someone faced trials ‘so that’ they would be where God needed them to be at a certain time. From the Old Testament, take Joseph, for example. He was treated terribly by his brothers, sold into Egypt, then falsely accused and sent to prison. But God had a plan to saved the Israelites through all this. God needed Joseph to be in Egypt and in a place of authority.
In the New testament, the Gospel of john, a man was born blind. The leaders wondered who had sinned, but Jesus said no one sinned, It happened ‘so that’ God could be glorified through the healing of the blind man. God had a plan.
It’s the same today, I recently saw a video clip from our missions department. A young ten year old girl was kidnapped. After she was thrown into the back of a truck and tied up, she noticed there was another girl tied up too. The 10-year old had taken a self defense class and and learned how to untie herself. She was able to untie herself and the young girl with her, help her escape and find her way home. God had allowed her to be placed in a dangerous situation ‘so that’ she could had rescue the other girl! God had a plan.
At the time, we do not understand why we must go through various trials, but know that God has a plan. We may not know the reason until we are in heaven. But God does have a plan.
Join me today and praise Him for the storm you are in. See if it doesn’t shed a whole new light on things.