Written by Emily Zehall
Saturday, 19 January 2013 23:29
A lot of us ask God this question when going through a tough or challenging time, but lately I've had to stop and ask God this question because of the exact opposite. A few years ago if you told me that my life would look the way that it does now I would not have believed you.
The many blessings that God has bestowed upon me have been mind blowing. He has not built me a huge house or somehow caused my bank account to substantially increase (the things that this world would consider the biggest blessings), but He has constantly pursued and sanctified me in the image of His Son
. This is the greatest blessing of all.
Not only has He not given up on me as a fallen, broken, disobedient sinner,
but He has blessed me with the adventures of seeing many wonderful things and meeting some amazing people. While reflecting on these undeserved blessings I can't help but ask "Why me, God?
The truth of the matter is that, because we've all fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23), all we really deserve is death. It was ONLY because of God's gracious love for us that He sent His Son to die for our sins. It is only because of this love for us that we have freedom and salvation.
Again, this leaves that question of "why me?" But scripture gives us a few answers for this question. In 1 Timothy 1:15-16, Paul claims to have been the "worst of sinners" and yet God uses him as a prime example of how Christ is patient and ALL can come to him. God is in the business of using bad for good.
In Matthew 7, Jesus also states in vs. 11: "So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him?" The amazing thing is that even though we have sinned against God time and time again, He still wants to bless us. We are His children and He cares for us.
We have been blessed so that we might, in return, be a blessing to others. God wants to use our imperfections and trials because they reveal His goodness
. So I encourage you to take on a state of thanksgiving with me and allow God to use the blessings and gifts He has given you for His glory.