As many of my close friends are going through times of testing/valleys right now, I am reminded of a newsletter I recieved when I was in a very difficult time. It was by David Wilkerson. He talked about the Israelites going to war, conquering the promised land. Many times as they took a city, they returned with spoils from thier warfare which were then dedicated to the Lord and used in His service.
I was so encouraged to know that God was producing something in my life in the darkness that He would use for His glory. It gave me hope. Hope gives endurance. I have great joy now as I comfort others with the same comfort that the Lord gave me in my trials. What I learned, He is using for His purposes.
He is so faithful and good. I will even say that I count it a privelege now that I went through the valley because it gives me such joy to lift others up. To be able to understand and relate to what they are going through. To know how to fight for them with the Word of God and Praise. Oh the things He taught me when I was helpless and frail, buffeted by the enemy, sifted and upheld only by the Savior interceeding for me and the power of His blood.
Amazing Grace!! Oh I'll sing it again!! How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me...
and then chooses to allow me to be yolked with Him in His Kingdom building.
And we know in all things, God works for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28