Most of us spend a good amount of time trying to understand our life experiences. If we are being honest, many things haven’t made sense. Unexplained paths. Dashed expectations. Disappointments. Shattered dreams. There are times in our lives when we have looked back over our shoulder and thought, God what in the world was that all about? But instead of trying to analyze them through a lens of good or bad, right or wrong, perfect or imperfect, God’s will or my will, maybe we need to look at them through the lens of holiness. Have a wonderful day as you remain in His presence.
“Be holy because I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16).
The definition of holiness–in a nutshell–means being set apart to purity, to be like God. And the result of holiness, of God transforming us to make us more like Him, is outrageous joy, amazing peace, overflowing love—and all the other things that are embodied in our Perfect Creator. So what does holiness have to do with trying to understand life’s painful, meaningless, or seemingly pointless experiences?
When I understand that God’s goal is to make me holy, not to always make me happy or grant all my desires, then every imperfect situation, every struggle, every disappointment, every heartache, every experience I can’t understand, and even my sin become means for Him to accomplish His goal to make me holy. Everything (and I mean everything!) has divine purpose(even things that in our finite minds can we imagine how it can accomplish His goal to make us holy). But for those who belong to Christ, no experience in life—good or bad—is ever wasted! God uses everything. Unfaithful mate? An opportunity for holiness. Broken dreams? An opportunity for holiness. Unemployment? An opportunity for holiness. Financial struggles? An opportunity for holiness. Lost loved ones? An opportunity for holiness. Since we don’t exactly understand how God transforms us to make us more holy through life’s struggles, we have to cooperate with Him and do what He asks of us. And, we have to take Him at His Word.
Isn’t this what Romans 8:28 promises? It’s His guarantee that “in all things God works for the good of those who love him who have been called according to His purpose.” He is always at work to transform us into His likeness–and that means greater joy!