One thing about life that I know for certain is that nothing is certain! Life suddenly got crazy busy and I found that there was little time and no energy for writing or reading and commenting on others’ blogs but, happy to say, I’m back…
Who can speak and have it happen if the Lord has not decreed it? Lamentations 3:37
One of the most challenging truths of the Christian life is knowing that nothing happens without God’s permission. The good, the bad, the ugly, the bitter and the sweet – any and all of it, God allows in our lives.
You probably know the story of Job; he is the supreme example of a man whom God allowed to be tested and tried with every possible calamity. A man upright and blameless, God permits Satan to test him. First, much of Job’s livestock is stolen and the rest burned; the raiders kill all but one of the servants responsible for watching and caring for the herds of oxen, donkeys, sheep and camels. Next, Job’s seven sons and three daughters die when a windstorm causes the collapse of the house where they were having dinner. Job is then afflicted with sores over his entire body and his wife, in her grief, tells Job to curse God and die – being dead has got to be better than being in this mess!
But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips. Job 2:10
And that is the key, we believe the lie and the liar who whispers that a God who is really good would never allow trouble, grief, struggles or pain into our lives. The same liar that persuaded Eve to bite the fruit tries to convince us that a “little” sin is ok because God does not want us to be “unhappy”.
Now don’t miss this, over and over the Bible gives examples of people pleading with God to relieve their pain and suffering and God answers; much of Jesus’ ministry was devoted to healing. Job honestly poured his heart out to God and asked Him more than once why he had even been born. God knows it all, there is no point in holding anything back from Him so pray for your difficult circumstances to change and remember that God may want to change you.
I know God has allowed me to learn more about myself during trials than at any other times. I have learned how dependent I am on Him, how weak I am, how much pride is hidden in my heart. Adversity has shown me my strength, helped me understand His grace, and developed my faith in Him. Pressing through adversity with acceptance brings Him glory.
Yep, the past few weeks have been busier than usual with a lot of things, many of them really great and memorable; all of them an opportunity to witness God’s goodness all the time. Thanks God, for ALL of it!