Turning your wound into a weapon
"It was a spiritual moment for everybody there" when the molten steel was poured into the molds, according to Navy Capt. Kevin Wensing. "Those big rough steelworkers treated it with total reverence." The foundry operations manager, Junior Chavers, said that when the Trade Center steel first arrived at the foundry, he touched it with his hand and the hair on his neck stood up. "It had a big meaning to it for all of us," he said. "They knocked us down. They can’t keep us down. We’re going to be back."
This is an example of turning a wound into a weapon. Things happen in our lives that are unfair – things we don’t ask for, or expect. Many of you reading this today had things happen to you as children that were completely out of your control. Someone else made decisions for you that were very painful. You have a choice. You can continue to wallow in that pain or you can turn your wound into a weapon.
Give God your pain and let him heal you and strengthen you to be a mighty tool in his hand – a mighty weapon going forth to destroy the works of the enemy and help many other people.
Imagine having your own family beat you, throw you in a pit and leave you to die. That’s exactly what happened to Joseph – and that was just the beginning of his trials on the way from the pit to the palace! However, as he is famous for doing – God did a turnaround! He restored everything to Joseph – and more, and gave him a mighty platform to help people. The Bible puts it this way: “God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” Genesis 50:20
I often tell people that my pain has become my platform. The things that were thrown at me earlier in my life are now something I’ve decided to stand on and declare the power of God! You can do the same! Turn your wound into a weapon!