Quote/Thought of the Day

“I have tried and I cannot find, either in Scripture or history, a strong-willed individual whom God used greatly until He allowed them to be hurt deeply.”
-Charles Swindoll


3 thoughts on “Quote/Thought of the Day

    • Well….when I think of a strong willed person or really just human nature in general, I think that we have a tendency (intentional or not) to think that we can do things on our own, that when it comes right down to it, we go through seasons in our lives where we think that we don’t need anyone or anything to “make it” through something. I think that as Christians, if we aren’t careful, we can think too much of ourselves and our abilities and forget about God. The Bible talks about not leaning on our own understanding and “in all of our ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct” our paths. I don’t believe that being strong willed is necessarily and character flaw by any means. I do however believe that like anything that goes unchecked or lacks balance can be detrimental to our faith and our relationship with God. Being too strong willed and wanting to do things our own way edges God out of the equation and leaves no room for us to consider what HE wants for us and for our lives. The Bible says that God has plans for us, He’s given us a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11) but if we are so caught up in having our way and thinking that we know what’s best, I think we begin to ignore God and His authority and ultimately His plans for us-plans that the Bible says are of “good and not evil”.

      That being said, God can’t use you if you are caught up in yourself and your own abilities and fail to acknowledge Him and His presence in your life. So I think that God has us go through things, trying situations and circumstances to “break” us in a sense of that and to refine our character. I also think we go through the rough seasons so that God can equip us with the tools and techniques necessary to help someone else who’s going through the same thing. As a body we are supposed to build each other and help one another. Sometimes its the testimony or life experience shared by someone else that brings about healing, hope, deliverance, and more for the person who needs it…..

      I also think that He takes us through these seasons/circumstances to remind us that we are not our own-we as believers belong to Him and in essence, it teaches us to rely/lean on and trust in Him and not ourselves….

      I hope that made some kind of sense….

  1. Thanks for the well thought out reply. Yes, it does make sense. I had wanted to come back to this but got caught up. I really like your response and my thoughts are pretty similar!

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