Poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou once said, “You may encounter many defeated, but you must not be defeated. Please remember that your difficulties do not define you. They simply strengthen your ability to overcome.”
You may be dealing with a hard circumstance right now. Your life may be in turmoil and grief.
Or your past may be marked with darkness. You may have fallen prey to sexual sin, felt the heartbreak of divorce, or been physically or mentally abused.
Whatever you have dealt or are dealing with does not define you.
It is easy to think that your difficulties control your life and defines where you go from here, but it doesn’t.
The story of Rahab in the Bible is a great example of the loving redemption of our Savior.
Rahab was defined as a harlot. She had fallen prey to sexual sin and prostitution. She was not accepted by the others in Jericho.
But to God, she was His masterpiece. He did not put a label on her. He did not see her the same way others did.
She became part of the family of Jesus. She was redeemed by her Savior. The Lord used her for His glory.
Just like Rahab, you are not defined by your past or your present.
Whatever difficulties you have in your life, whatever you have faced in your past, does not compare to the love of our God. He is merciful beyond anything you could ever imagine.
Whatever darkness you have been in, whatever struggles you have been through, can be made new by our Savior.
These hardships that you face will be used for the Lord’s glory. They will show others His amazing purpose for you.
It matters how you face your problems. It matters how you come away from your struggles.
Others will see how you respond to the difficulties in your life.
If you walk away with your faith still in the Lord and in His perfect plan for your life, it may impact those around you.
I don’t know why God allows bad things to happen. I don’t know why He lets people hurt and abuse us. I don’t know why He doesn’t take away the pain and heartbreak.
But what I do know is that He is using your difficulties for good. One day you will see how all of your pain and struggles worked out for the best.
God will never leave you. He will never forsake you in your time of need.
Your difficulties do not define you. No matter what you may think. You can be redeemed by your Savior. You can be made new by His amazing grace.
In His amazing love,
How has God showed himself through your struggles? I would love to know!