God uses the hard realities of life to expose our deepest fears and internal struggles. These experiences make us more self-aware so we can cultivate the spiritual disciplines necessary to lead ourselves and others well. Consider what happened to Moses, the humblest person on earth (Num. 12:3). After the people complained about their misfortunes yet again in the wilderness, Moses was miserable. He cried out to the Lord: “What have I done to displease you that you put the burden of all these people on me? Did I conceive all these people? Did I give them birth? Why do you tell me to carry them in my arms, as a nurse carries an infant, to the land you promised? … If this is how you are going to treat me, please go ahead and kill me” (Num. 11:11–12, 15).
“For Jesus to embody the right leadership, he had to humble himself—take a very low road. This idea of lowering ourselves is a foreign concept for those who call themselves leaders. Indeed, in a country that prides herself on individuality, the exerting of personal rights, and pulling ourselves up by our own boot straps, the idea of lowering ourselves sounds and feels very wrong.”
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Why God Allows us to go Through Hard Times
Author: Charles Stanley
Why I picked up this book:
I was so blessed by this book when I read it several years ago. As I have been organizing my office over the past several weeks, I thought it an appropriate time to revisit it. In this season of Advent, we wait for God and are reminded of our brokenness and desperate need for him.
Who Should Read The Blessings of Brokenness:
This book will strengthen, encourage, and bless anyone who is going through a difficult time, find themselves in a valley, is weak, weary, or suffering.
What’s in Store for You:
“Brokenness is often accompanied by emptiness—a void that cannot be filled, a sorrow that cannot be comforted, a wound for which there is no balm (9).” We suffer in this world because of its corruption, lack of knowing ourselves, or the gravity of our own sin. So God often takes us on a path of brokenness to remove the blinders from our eyes, and help us see more clearly. Through suffering, we become more like Christ, and the objects of our affection shift to pursue the purpose and work for which we have been called children of God.
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