My price let it be; for I will be valued and blessed.

When challenges come it not always the devil; most of the time it’s the price of the blessings that God values one when honouring them.

"And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose"

Nothing in this world happens outside of the will of God. Nothing. There are no future failures. There are no losers. There are no loose ends in the final plan of God. In His eyes we are winners if we are walking in His Spirit.

Since God is the source of all goodness, His glory is the wellspring of all joy. What God does for His own sake benefits us. Therefore, whatever glorifies Him is good for us.

And that includes the suffering He allows or brings (biblically, either or both terms can apply) into our lives.

God refines us in our suffering and graciously explains why: “See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction. For my own sake, for my own sake, I do this” (Isaiah 48:10). For emphasis, God repeats this reason.

If you don’t understand that the universe is about God and His glory—and that whatever exalts God’s glory also works for your ultimate good—then you will misunderstand this passage and countless others. Some consider God egotistical or cruel to test us for His sake. But the testing He does for His sake accrues to our eternal benefit.

I have been reading different values of blessings of some characters that I love so much in the bible

JOB- Job bore the grief of seven dead sons and three dead daughters. All of his wealth had vanished in one afternoon. He had become repulsive to his wife, loathsome to his brothers, and even little children despised him as he lay on the ash heap outside of town. Its purpose at the outset was to demonstrate God's value and glory, and its ongoing purpose was to refine Job's righteousness. His suffering is not punishment. It is not a sign of God's anger. Instead it’s a sign of what God can do at the end of suffering if we persevere.  At the end of all the happenings in Job’s life he was blessed with double portion of what he had lost.  He was valued and blessed after his trials.

JOSEPH - Joseph’s value for his blessings led him to be sold into slavery and latter into prison just for God to glorify His Holy name. By Joseph’s own testimony, the sufferings of Joseph—physical, mental, and emotional agonies—had been allowed by God so that Joseph could fulfill God’s plan: to save many lives. “But as for you [Joseph’s brothers who had sold him into slavery many years previously], ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive” (Genesis 50:20).

We Can Choose to Trust God, even as Joseph Did. We are not to regard suffering as a strange occurrence, but rather as a sign of God’s work in our lives. (See I Peter 4:12-19 and Romans 9:14-24.) “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil” (Proverbs 3:5-7).

ISHMAEL -It was not Ishmaels fault to be born out of wedlock and finally to be abandoned by his dear father and to be sent out into the wilderness. But though God tells Abraham that Ishmael must go, He tenderly reassures him, “And of the son of the maid I will make a nation also, because he is your descendant”. God takes us through painful times, but He always does it with compassion. We also see His compassion toward Hagar and Ishmael. She has abandoned him, thinking that he’s about to die. She begins sobbing. But God heard, not Hagar, but the lad crying. He then calls to Hagar and points her to the well of water which she had not yet seen and latter on we know God blessed Ishmael with great descendants and He also blessed his life greatly. The adornment by his father, the pain and the hurt was the value for his blessings.

HANNAH - How about Hannah? Hannah was one of two wives of a man named Elkanah who lived “in the hill country of Ephraim” near Shiloh. The other wife of Elkanah, Peninnah, had children, but Hannah had no child. Because of this, Hannah was very grieved. She desperately desired a child but could not conceive. To make matters worse, Peninnah taunted Hannah concerning her barrenness. Although Elkanah loved Hannah and was very kind to her (1 Samuel 1:5, 8), Peninah’s unkindness on top of her natural grief was too much for Hannah to bear. Hannah cried out to God about her situation. God did not just listen and look at Peninah mock Hannah. God did not despise the desire of Hannah but the value of her blessing came from mocks and insult of Peninah. Hannah’s longing for a child was obviously placed in her heart by God Himself and God blessed her not only with just children but also anointed children – one of them is Samuel.

When I undergo great sufferings, I remember these heroes and I hold my patience for the end I believe I will receive all I pray for; I believe my tomorrow will be full of joy and celebrations of what God has done and will do in my life through my adversities; for the glory of His name for my price let it be for I will be valued and blessed (in my sufferings) by the Almighty God who holds my future.

Comforting thought for the week

God uses suffering to strengthen our commitment to him, force us to depend on his grace, produce discernment, foster sensitivity, discipline our minds, impart wisdom, stretch our hope, cause us to know Christ better, make us long for truth, lead us to repentance of sin, teach us to give thanks in times of sorrow, increase our faith, and strengthen our character. And once he accomplishes such great things, often we can see that our suffering has been worth it.