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God's End Game (12 of 12)
Series: Courageous Living in Chaotic Times
Although it's only the first week of June, this has been a difficult year for our church family. Some have suffered through a miscarriage. Others have lost jobs. Some have learned that they will need to move out of our area. Others have had a child or grandchild rebel. Still others have had a boyfriend or girlfriend break up or a spouse threaten divorce. Even in the past two weeks, some of our body have suffered greatly. Kenn Kerstetter had to spend a week in the hospital. Badee'a Barbee broke her leg in numerous places in a bicycling accident. The Higgins and the Davison families have had to watch their son, brother, and father fight for his life with bacterial pneumonia. Len McIntosh lost a trusted parachurch ministry partner to moral compromise. And this is just in the past two week or so!
Regardless of who you are and what your circumstances, I know you've experienced severe suffering. You cannot live in this world of disappointment and despair and not encounter the consequences of sin. The question that you want answered is: "Why are there so many bad things in this world and in our lives?" While only God can fully answer that question in eternity, I can share a concise answer that He provides for us on earth. God works through bad experiences to fulfill good purposes.
The book of Daniel has had many wonderful accounts about God's exploits and how He uses His people to accomplish great things. However, in Daniel 11, Daniel focuses on the absolute worst parts of the future for God's people. He doesn't hit the highlights, but rather the lowlights. In 11:2-45, he labors long and hard through the trials and tragedies that God's people will experience. His reason is obvious: God's "end game" travels through human suffering. There are no shortcuts in God's program. In other words, God works through bad experiences to fulfill good purposes.
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