Those That God Would Use Must First Suffer.
Those that God would use must first suffer. There are no exceptions. But you are not ready to be truly used until you can thank God for the suffering and Focus on Him and His goodness, rather than on the suffering. The suffering is not a god to worshipped. It is a tool to be used to worship and glorify God.
This was true for Jesus. In Psalm 22 the lamb suffers on the cross, and conquers death. The Psalm starts with the greatest suffering anyone can ever know. “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me.” Being abandoned by God and knowing it is terrifying. This verse is quoted by Jesus as he hung dying on the cross. Starting in verse 21 Jesus, the lamb, conquers death.
Psalm 23 is where Jesus becomes the leader; the one that God would use. Verse 1 says, “The LORD is my shepherd”. Jesus is the shepherd. See John 10:11. This gets a little more interesting in that Jesus is also the LORD. This is a reference to his deity in relationship to his saving, covenant work for his sheep. God himself suffered on the cross and therefore God is useful in the business of saving and leading sheep.
Those that want to be used by God MUST suffer. If their Savior suffered and if their God suffered, they will be no exception.
Verses on the sufferings of God. Isaiah 43:24, Psalm 78:10, Ephesians 4:30, Acts 20:28 tells us that Jesus’ blood is God’s blood.
Verses on Jesus’ sufferings are numerous. Psalm 69:20 Isaiah 53 and many more.