To or from God?
2 Corinthians 7:9-13 – Now I’m glad – not that you were upset, but that you were jarred into turning things around. You let the distress bring you to God, not drive you from him. The result was all gain, no loss.
Distress that drives us to God does that. It turns us around. It gets us back in the way of salvation. We never regret that kind of pain. But those who let distress drive them away from God are full of regrets, end up on a deathbed of regrets.
And now, isn’t it wonderful all the ways in which this distress has goaded you closer to God? You’re more alive, more concerned, more sensitive, more reverent, more human, more passionate, more responsible.
Looked at from any angle, you’re come out of this with purity of heart.
I love that God can use pain to draw us closer to Him. He can use distress, or negative things that happen in our lives to mold us into the people He wants and needs us to be. Pain isn’t loss in His eyes, it’s an opportunity to transform.
The problem with pain and distress is that it’s easy for us to let it drive us away from God instead of closer to God. It’s easy to get hurt and allow ourselves to get taken out of the game. That’s exactly what the enemy wants us to do – distance ourselves from Heaven, and God’s perfect plan for our lives.
But don’t allow it. Allow pain to steer you closer to God’s faithful embrace. Let hurt remind you of Who sits on the throne of your life. Allow God in to heal your broken heart, binding up the wounds as intimately as only He can. Let Him remind you of His great, eternal promises, and give Him permission to guide you to His rest.
When you put Him in the driver’s seat of your life, He will give you so much more.