“And I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness— secret riches. I will do this so you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, the one who calls you by name.” Isaiah 45:3
It was over a year of the deepest pain Joanna ever experienced. God had allowed a rift to appear in some of her dearest relationships. Nothing she tried could repair it.
But through prayer and Bible study, God began revealing the cause to her. She had a deep-seated need for approval. It caused her to look to people for her identity, rather than to Christ. It was in that difficult time that she discovered this truth.
Even in darkness there are hidden treasures. In the undoing of everything Joanna held dear, she found all she really needed was Christ.
Dear friend, you don’t need the favor of people. Because God loves you. You are His favored, His beloved. He uses difficult times and even attacks from the enemy, in order to work in you wholeness and maturity.
By Vonette Bright
Used by Permission
From: Having a Mary Spirit by Joanna Weaver