Why is this happening to me?

Posted: July 9, 2008 in July 2008
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Story of the day:  Why is this happening to me?

     Whenever we get into a desperate situation and find ourselves at what seems to be “rock bottom”, we always seem to question God and ask Him, “Why is this happening to me?”  I found a great story that illustrates this scenario in a loving way.

     Cindy Kasper writes in Growth Persuasion, “My Uncle Lester, who lives in Florida, was discouraged by the lack of fruit on his grapefruit tree.  Someone told him he needed to whack the trunk of the tree a few times with a board.

     Apparently, there is some truth to this unusual method of encouraging growth.  One gardening expert says:  “At times, the flowering hormone in the tree seems to get stuck and no flowers appear.  Carefully persuade the tree to flower by shocking it.  Hit the trunk…several times, which will cause small bruises in the bark.”  This advice may stimulate growth.

     When trouble comes into our lives, we sometimes feel as if we’ve been hit broadside.  We feel desperation and then we wonder, Why is this happening to me?

     One possibility is that God is using a painful experience to get our attention.  In Psalm 119:71, David wrote, “It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes.”  And Hebrews 12:11 says that chastening “yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness.”

     Is God using pain in your life to lovingly persuade you to change?  The season of trouble may not be easy, but if we let ourselves be trained by it, new growth will result as we become more like His Son”

Quote of the day:  Author Unknown

“Affliction for God’s people can be the pruning knife to prepare us for greater fruitfulness.”

Bible verse of the day:  Philippians 3:10

“that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Just as a parent disciplines a child out of love, I know that You do the same for me.  Father, just as David wrote that it is good to be afflicted so that I may learn Your statutes.  I pray that You continue to prune me with a preparedness of attaining greater fruit.  The pain in my life that I have experienced has taught me a lot, and with these experiences I am now able to share them with others that they too may know that You delievered me from them and that You held true to Your Word.  Father, I pray for those that may be asking the question, Why is this happening to me?  I pray that they too will see You in the situation and seek You for their answer.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

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