When Hardship Becomes Purpose

Lysa TerKeurst

Day: 34 | Plan: Leviticus-Hebrews

Today's Reading: Leviticus 24

Leviticus 24:1-2 (NIV) “The LORD said to Moses, ‘Command the Israelites to bring you clear oil of pressed olives for the light so that the lamps may be kept burning continually.’”

Where light is needed, oil is needed. But getting the oil from the olive requires a pressing and crushing I’m sure the olive would rather avoid. However, this hardship of the olive is what allows the most valuable part of the olive to emerge … the oil. The oil then can be turned into glorious light.

Think about what a miraculous process this is! The olive’s greatest hardship turns into it’s greatest purpose.

And I think the same can be true for us.

Is there a hardship in your life you haven’t been able to see how good could ever come from it?

That person you loved that broke your heart and never bothered to call again.

The financial situation so unfair you can hardly talk about it without tears.

The tension between you and your husband you have no idea how to fix.

The child that none of the parenting tips seem to work on.

The sin you regret so deeply but can’t go back and change.

I know some of these deep hurts personally. I’ve been right where you are. But I’ve also seen God do something miraculous and holy with my deepest hurts and most devastating heartbreaks. He’s turned them into light that I can shine into other people’s hurts to give them hope.

And when my hurt turns to hope? My soul is ignited with a fresh sense of purpose and deep assurance!

God truly does everything with purpose and a passionate love for His people. I wonder if He had them touch the olives, hand crush the olives, feel the oil, and then watch it turn to light so they could witness what could be true for them as well. 

Broken, hard pressed olives becoming the most beautiful, bright-burning lights for a high and holy calling! And like today’s Scripture says, not only do we bring our light but we keep it “burning regularly.” Yes, this is my prayer for you and for me. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I confess that my first instinct when hardship comes is often to grumble and complain. I ask that You would help me to see how the pressing and crushing I am facing can be used for Your glory and my good.  Turn my hardships into light that shines for You so that all can see. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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