Praise Chapel KC, is a Multicultural Church in KCK. We are so glad that God has brought all ages and ethnicities to our church. It’s important that as a church we represent God’s heart for the world and his love for diversity. The truth is that every person without Jesus is hurting and He is the only answer for the pain.
Tony Dungy, former coach of the Indianapolis colts, had a son named Jordan. Jordan was born with a very rare neurological condition called congenital insensitivity to pain. Jordan cannot feel pain.
Jordan loves cookies. At times he will reach out and grab a cookie, or the pan, not realizing it is too hot. He will hurt himself and not realize he has hurt himself. Coach Dungy and his wife have learned alot about pain through their son.
Often people want to know why bad things happen to good people? If God is a God of love why does He let these hurtful things happen?
The Dungy’s have learned that because of pain you learn what is harmful. You learn to fear the right things. Pain sometimes lets us know we have a condition that needs healing. Internal pain lets us know that spiritually we are not quite right. Sometimes pain is the only thing that will turn us as, as God’s kids, back to the Heavenly Father.
Through their son, who can not feel the pain of something dangerous or the pain of an injury, Tony Dungy and his wife have learned the value of pain.
The desire for everyone of us is to be useful, effective, and fruitful in the kingdom of God. We want to fulfill the will of God in our lives.
I want to talk about Joseph and how God wanted to use him but it was through alot of pain. Psalm 105: 16-22 says this,
He called for a famine on the land of Canaan, cutting off its food supply.
Then he sent someone to Egypt ahead of them— Joseph, who was sold as a slave.
They bruised his feet with fetters and placed his neck in an iron collar.
Until the time came to fulfill his dreams, the LORD tested Joseph’s character.
Then Pharaoh sent for him and set him free; the ruler of the nation opened his prison door.
Joseph was put in charge of all the king’s household; he became ruler over all the king’s possessions.
He could instruct the king’s aides as he pleased and teach the king’s advisers.
Joseph had painful experiences. He endured chains, fetters, an iron collar about his neck and God actually used this to fulfll His purpose. God has a will and things he wants to happen in your life, in the world today, in your family, and in the kingdom. God has plans. He has purposes. Jesus very clearly recognized,
“Not my will but Your will be done.”
There is a will of God over each one of us. An assignment, a purpose, a destiny, a providence!
O seed of Abraham His servant, You children of Jacob, His chosen ones! Psalm 105:6 (NKJV)
Very clearly we see here that God has chosen ones. God called you because He finds purpose for your life. He does not see junk but He sees that you could be a part of His great plan on planet earth.
Joseph was chosen but the pathway to his purpose was pain. In these next few blogs we will learn how, despite hardship, Joseph not only endured but fulfilled God’s call on His life.
We will see that while none of us likes pain, God uses it to work in us as we are headed to our destiny.
Pray this with me,
Father I believe you have a plan for my life. Help me to endure the trials of life. Help me to stop running from pain but to allow the process that I may fulfill my God-given purpose. Grant me the grace to not doubt I am called but cling to you in every trial. In the name of Jesus, Amen!
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