Acts 7:6,7 ” God also told him that his descendants would live in a foreign land, where they would be oppressed as slaves for 400 years. ‘But I will punish the nation that enslaves them,’ God said, ‘and in the end they will come out and worship Me here.”
We know that God is a God of purpose and destiny. Everything that happens in our lives is always because of what God wants to accomplish in the end. And just like a loving parent disciplines his children when they are stubborn, Abba also disciplines us. The only difference is He knows exactly what is needed and for how long to bring out the character that must be birthed in us. He brings different people into our lives to teach us, to bless us, even those who may mistreat us. But the important thing is always to look at these “negatives” from a heavenly perspective so that we don’t become bitter, we only get better.
Because there is nothing random that happens to God’s child, divine purpose is always key. The Bible says that the Israelites were enslaved so that in the end they would worship the One True God. That is why it is so important to be in tune with His Holy Spirit. Knowing what He is working out in you makes it easier to get through the difficult times because you have perspective. You don’t have to worry about how God will deal with those who did you wrong, He will deal with them Himself: It says that God punished the nation that enslaved His people. There is justice in this world. What is important is that we focus on God and what He is doing in our lives, keeping our hearts pure, and worshipping Him.
“Abba, it is never easy when people hurt us or do wrong toward us. But because I know that all things are in Your hands, You control the events of my life. You are a God of purpose and I am Your child. You are working out character in me so that Jesus will be seen in me. I surrender my heart to You through all the ups and downs. By Your grace, I will come out glorifying You in every area of my life. In Jesus’ Name I pray, amen.”