For every living being belongs to me, the father
as well as the sonboth alike belong to me.
(Ezekiel 18:4 NIV)
This scripture comforted me when a middle aged son of a friend went to be with our Lord. A mutual friend directed me to it.
Everyone belongs to God. He made them and can allow anything to enter the lives of His children.
God uses trials to help us grow into the person He intends us to be.
In the 1980’s a friend lost her husband, leaving her with two small children. Her Christmas letter that year spoke of going through a period of painful growth.
In the 1990’s another friend lost her second husband to Cancer. Several years earlier, her first husband died from a heart condition, leaving her with four young children. She found the Lord after losing her first husband. She took a Christian counseling class after her second husband went to be with the Lord.
Both these women displayed strength while going through a time of uncertainty and then a time of loss.
They possessed the courage to stay the course and rear their children with the Lord’s guidance.
What we don’t realize is everyone in our lives is there because God either placed them there or He allowed them to cross our path. This includes who we marry, who our neighbors are, and who we have for friends. Also, God calls us to where He wants us to worship..
God also gives us certain spiritual gifts to use as He directs, in order to build His Kingdom. He equips us with what we need to fulfill his calling upon our lives. When we accept God’s calling for us, people recognize those gifts in us.