Wondering How God Can Use You?
If you’ve ever been between jobs, or thrust into a new season that seems without good purpose, you likely know the restless frustration of confusion and uncertainty. The feeling of purposelessness is a devastating one for many of us, one that makes us doubt our usefulness. Without meaning to our lives, we can become depressed or anxious, and we may question God or wrestle with anger and doubt, wondering if we are enough, or if He is enough. It’s a difficult place to be. Waiting out this season, or accepting a new season of seeming diminished purpose is a trial we would not choose on our own.
But what if purpose, usefulness, and meaning can be found not elsewhere, but right where you are today? I came across encouraging words, written over 100 years ago, full of great insight and subsequently, hope:
We cannot be useless while we are doing and suffering God’s will, whatever it may be found to be. And we can always do that. If we are bringing forth the fruits of the Spirit, we are not useless. And we can always do that. If we are increasing in the knowledge of God’s will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding, we are not useless. And we can always do that. While we pray we cannot be useless. And we can always do that. God will always find us a work to do, a niche to fill, a place to serve, nay, even a soul to save, when it is His will, and not ours, that we desire to do; and if it should please Him that we should sit still for the rest of our lives, doing nothing else but waiting on Him, and waiting on Him, why should we complain? Here is the patience of the saints. (Anthony W. Thorold)
How beautiful and wonderful is God’s love for us! How profound He is to focus on the inward workings of our minds and hearts, where meaningful, purposeful work is done with the ever-present help of His Holy Spirit. So, not only can we find meaning and purpose in drawing near to Him, in seeking to bear the fruits of the Spirit, in prayer, in waiting on His timing, but we are not alone as we wait! His eyes are on us! He delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love (Psalm 147:11)! His Holy Spirit is at work in us and through us, accomplishing His good purposes as we wait. What sweet relief! Where we cannot do, He shows us what we can do! And it is enough. Let us rest in His goodness and provision for us—because He is enough!
by Jill Cristao, Director of Connections and Communications
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