Fruitful in the Land of Affliction

November 15, 2012 | Tags: ,

God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction.

Genesis 41:52

God is sovereign. God is powerful. He can take any situation, no matter how difficult and painful it is, and turn it around for good. God is with you in suffering. He sees what you are going through. And He wants to display His glory through your life.

God is in control of all you are going through. Nothing is arbitrary; nothing is out of God’s reach. If you are going through difficulty, know that it is not in vain. Ever. God is going to use your suffering to bring about something beautiful.

How do you go through the suffering? By clinging to God. By spending time with Him daily in prayer and Bible reading. By cooperating with Him through your struggles, asking Him what He wants you to learn from them. When you follow Him through the suffering, instead of trying to fix your mind on all sorts of other distractions, you will be amazed at the peace you are given. You will be amazed at the joy you have even in the face of suffering. It is a remarkable gift of God, and it is rock-solid promise of His.

When God allowed the complete destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians in 586 B.C., the Jews were all deported from their land and had to live in the land of the Babylonians. To say they were crushed was an understatement. Even though the destruction was caused by their disobedience to God, His grace and love for His people never changed. They were to be displaced for 70 years before returning to re-build their city. And what did God command them during that time? He said, Seek the welfare of the city I have deported you to. Pray to the Lord on its behalf, for when it has prosperity, you will prosper” (Jer. 29:7).

Are you in a land of affliction now? Pray. Seek God and the welfare of those around you. Ask God to teach you in the land of your affliction. He has all the power to make you fruitful and prosper you despite your circumstance. Only Jesus, our Lord and Savior, can do it.

By Courtney Silberman

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