Suffering Is Used For Good
Suffering Is Used For Good
12 But the more the Egyptians oppressed them, the more the Israelites multiplied and spread, and the more alarmed the Egyptians became. Exodus 1:12
God used the suffering of slavery to develop a nation.
When Joseph brought his family into Egypt they were only 70 people. However the nation of Israel grew to more than 1.5 million people during the 400 years of slavery. God used slavery to teach and prepare a nation to go into the Promised Land. The nation of Israel learned to work hard. Through their suffering and oppression they continued to multiply.
Once a little boy was playing outdoors and found a fascinating caterpillar. He carefully picked it up and took it home to show his mother. He asked his mother if he could keep it, and she said he could if he would take good care of it.
The little boy got a large jar from his mother and put in plants to eat and a stick to climb on. Every day he watched the caterpillar and gave it new plants to eat.
One day the caterpillar climbed up the stick and started acting strangely. The boy worriedly called his mother who understood that the caterpillar was creating a cocoon. The mother explained to the boy how the caterpillar was going through a metamorphosis to become a butterfly.
The little boy was thrilled to hear about the changes his caterpillar would go through. He watched every day, waiting for the butterfly to emerge. One day it happened – a small hole appeared in the cocoon and the butterfly started to struggle to come out.
At first the boy was excited, but soon he became concerned. The butterfly was struggling so hard to get out! It looked like it couldn’t break free! It looked desperate! It looked like it was making no progress!
The boy was so concerned he decided to help. He got some scissors and snipped the cocoon to make the hole bigger and the butterfly quickly emerged!
As the butterfly came out the boy was surprised. It had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. He continued to watch the butterfly expecting at any moment the wings would dry out, enlarge and expand to support the swollen body. He thought that in time the body would shrink and the butterfly’s wings would expand.
But neither happened!
The butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings.
The butterfly never was able to fly.
As the boy tried to figure out what had gone wrong his mother took him to talk to a scientist from a local college. He learned that the butterfly was SUPPOSED to struggle. In fact, the butterfly’s struggle to push its way through the tiny opening of the cocoon pushes the fluid out of its body and into its wings. Without the struggle, the butterfly would never, ever fly. The boy’s good intentions hurt the butterfly forever.
It is your struggles that cause you to develop.
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