God used Goliath, a giant, to bring David to prominence, because David was the young man who God had chosen to later become king of Israel. If he’d had no encounter with the giant, he would have had no prominence in his youth. And then God used the Devil to bring Job to prominence—no Devil, no prominence. He used the cross to bring Christ to prominence. So today, Pastor Ford will ask—do you see how God uses suffering? He uses it for His purposes and for His glory.
Pastor James Ford Jr. has been the senior pastor of Christ Bible Church of Chicago, located on the south side of Chicago, Ill., for over 35 years. He also serves as the president of Impact Ministries, an outreach ministry committed to strengthening families in the South Shore community of Chicago.