Restored for His Glory
by Andrea Riggs
"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose."
If someone were to ask me what my life verse was, I would probably quote Romans 8:28. Knowing that God can take all things and work them out for good was extremely reassuring as I began my walk with the Lord and was learning who He was. When I accepted Christ in 2012, things in my life were difficult, and just when I got past one hurdle or obstacle, another one always seemed to be right around the corner. Yes, I know Scripture doesn't tell us that after we accept Christ as our Savior life is easy. But probably like many of you, I started wondering if I'd ever get to a season in my life that would be a little easier, a little less stressful, a little less....hard. And I didn't understand what God was doing in my life. As I got to know who God was and the grace He continued to lavish on me, I realized there were some things from my past that I needed to address and be healed from. They were things that I wanted to keep buried and hidden, but I also felt the Holy Spirit nudging me. As I walked through the heartache of my past choices and learned what it truly meant to be healed and free, I felt God's love in a new and more tangible way. I no longer wanted to stay quiet - God had done a work in me that I wanted to share with others. He ignited a passion in me to tell people what Romans 8:28 looks like in real life. He helped me to see that the "hard things" I had gone through had a purpose - to share the Gospel and glorify Him!
When we are in the depths of hurt, pain and sorrow, we often wonder how our circumstances can ever be used for good. When we think back to the mistakes we've made, we can't imagine how God can use them to further His kingdom. When we focus on the shame that accompanies our choices, we want to hide and not tell anyone.
Romans 8:28 provides comfort that nothing in this life is wasted. Jesus died on the cross so that we may be redeemed, renewed and restored. He walks with us through it all - the struggles, the hurt, the pain - so that when we get to the other side, we can share what He has done in our lives and proclaim the hope we have in Him. God can, and will, use your story. All you have to do is be willing.
Bethel Women, join us on June 17 at 7P in the HUB at the Richland Campus for Summer Together: Restored. We will hear more of Andrea's story and together consider how we can choose to allow God to restore what is broken and heal what is hurting in our own stories so we can glorify Him. We can't wait to see you!