Anguish Turns to Hope for Grieving Couple who Lost a Daughter 09/10/2013

Pastor Levi Lusko spoke at evangelist Greg Laurie's Harvest Church in Southern California, sharing a message titled, "Running with Horses," which he wrote after his five-year-old daughter died eight months ago. He delivered the message about the purpose of suffering in believers' lives on Sunday, the day she would have turned six.

Lusko said the message is based on Jeremiah 12:5, which reads, "If you have run with the footmen, and they have wearied you, then how can you contend with horses? And if in the land of peace, in which you trusted, they wearied you, then how will you do in the floodplain of the Jordan?"

This was God's answer to Jeremiah when he told God things were not going well, the pastor explained. Jeremiah was discouraged, and wanted encouragement. "But God tells him, you ain't seen anything yet... Where is the encouragement? ...God knew this is not what Jeremiah wanted; this is what Jeremiah needed. God knew he did not need to be cuddled; he needed to be challenged... So do we."

God's primary concern is not to decrease your pain, but to increase your threshold for suffering, Lusko said. We tend to focus on how much it hurts, while we need to focus on our calling, he added. "If He's called you there, He'll get you there... Our calling is pregnant with power... You are meant to run with horses."

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