Published March 2, 2010

Paul's Epistle...
"God's Not Through With You"

Do you ever feel like you've made such a mess of your life that there's no way God can use you for His work? Do you feel as if your testimony has been irreparably destroyed by your unwise actions — or even by circumstances over which you seemingly had no control?

A lot of Christians feel that way. And it's exactly what Satan wants them to think. One of his favorite tools is to make Christians feel defeated and discouraged, to make them feel as if they're just no longer "good enough" for God.

Back in the mid 1990s, Marcia Henry wrote a song that's been very popular recently for Mike and Kelly Bowling (the Bowlings) called "God's Not Through With You." Marcia tells me her song was a response to just such a situation:

"Someone close to me had gone through a divorce and all the trauma, regret and baggage that accompanied it. It had left them empty, feeling pretty worthless and questioning if they were still fit for God to use. It seemed like one failure and disappointment after another kept hitting them between the eyes. Paul, you know you hear people say all the time, ‘God's not through with you,' or similar phrases to encourage the downtrodden and despairing. This song was my effort to lift up my friend and drive home the message I believe God wants each of us to embrace."

In the lyrics of her song, Marcia cogently delivers that message:

(Verse 1)
      You might be looking failure in the eye.
      You're sure you wanna give up, you've lost the will to try.
      Everything you planned has come apart.
      You're through with starting over, you're running out of heart.

If that's you, here's the message to remember:

      God's not through with you.
      He's got a work only you can do.
      Don't fall for Satan's lies,
      God's hand's still on your life.
      Oh no, God's not through with you.

(Verse 2)
      I'm here to say that God believes in you.
      It doesn't matter what you've done, Jesus died for you.
      So, give it all and don't hold back a thing.
      You might be surprised at the good that God can bring.

Never think that God has abandoned you – because He hasn't. "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble" (Psalm 46:1). And He "is a friend who sticks closer than a brother" (Proverbs 18:24).

We all face frustrations every day. But we must realize that these are intended to help us grow, to help us better understand the Lord and what He wants in our lives. As that classic Andrae Crouch song, "Through It All," says, every situation,
       God gave me blessed consolation,
       that my trials come to only make me strong.

Remembering that is a key. As one radio preacher says, we need to grow in grace so that we don't grow in disgrace.

Rely on the Lord's strength. Seek and rely on His direction. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths" (Prov. 3:5-6).

And always remember, as long as you walk this earth, God's not through with you. He does have a work for you.

- Paul

*"God's Not Through With You," lyrics by Marcia Henry, Chestnut Mound Music BMI.  Used by permission.

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