I was reading Daniel chapter 3.  This is where Shadrach, Meshach, & Abednego were thrown into the furnace for not worshipping the idol the king had set up.  I thought God was going to talk to me about standing up for Him no matter what. But then I got to the end of the story.  At the end of the story, the men came out of the fire & didn’t even smell like smoke.  Now all those in attendance, including the king knew about God. 

So God really directed my thinking to see that He can & will use what looks like a broken situation/person for His glory.   He then directed me to a song called “Broken Things” by Matthew West.  The lyrics are at the end of the post. I listened to it several times.   Then I prayed asking God to use me & show me what He wants me to do next.  

Then He directed me to Genesis 50:20: “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”

This is Joseph talking to his brothers. This is after his brothers sold him into slavery. It’s also after he was falsely accused of rape & thrown into prison.  Then God raised him up so that he could use him to save many people from starvation.  The above verse is after his father died & his brothers thought he might hold a grudge against them, but Joseph reassured them with this statement.  

I’m currently in a different situation than I’ve ever been.  I have moved before, but I’ve always had a job lined up & a permanent place to live lined up.  Right now we are in temporary housing, which I’m extremely grateful for, & no job lined up.  We are doing lots of job hunting.  It is a giant step of faith for us.  

However, God is bigger than all of this.  I have no doubt that He will use this situation for His glory & bring about great things.  He has used my broken past to help others.  He will use this situation as well.  

I’m excited to see what God has planned.  His plans are always amazing!

The Lyrics to “Broken Things” by Matthew West

If grace is a kingdom
I’ve stopped at the gate
Thinking I don’t deserve to pass through after all of the mistakes I’ve made
But I heard a whisper
As Heaven bent down
Said, “Child, don’t you know that the first will be last and the last get a crown?”

Now I’m just a beggar in the presence of a King
I wish I could bring You so much more
But if it’s true You use broken things
Then here I am Lord, I am all Yours

The pages of history they tell me it’s true
That it’s never the perfect; it’s always the ones with the scars that You use
It’s the rebels and the prodigals; it’s the humble and the weak
The misfit heroes You chose
Tell me there’s hope for sinners like me

Grace is a kingdom
With gates open wide
There’s seat at the table just waiting for you
So, come on inside

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