Can I share how God showed me to thrive today? Even though I’m miles behind on housework and baking, with a miserable head cold and morning sickness? And only one frozen waffle left. That’s the real tragedy. 😉
I bet your list of things that aren’t quite right looks a lot worse than mine does. And that’s why I’m so excited to share what God taught me this morning. If God cares about the tiny things that are going “wrong” in my life, I KNOW he cares about the issues in yours. So let’s begin.
In Psalm 107:22-31, 43, the Psalmist says (and I’m paraphrasing) that the men who work in the shipyard and do business on the high seas should be thankful. Why? Because “these see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep.” And you know what the Psalmist begins to describe? A storm. A soul-melting, end-of-the-line, say-your-prayers storm. And that’s exactly what these sailors do. “…They cry unto the LORD in their trouble…” and God delivers them. “He maketh the storm a calm…and bringeth them to their desired haven.”
And when I read that, it hit me. God doesn’t allow suffering and trial into my life because He gets some kind of pleasure out of my pain. He allows it because He wants to show me His wonderful works and His goodness. He is in control, and has command over what goes on in my life. He could have prevented me from catching a cold this week. And He could have prevented whatever hardship you are experiencing right now.
But He didn’t.
Does that mean He isn’t good or that He doesn’t love me? Nope. That is completely opposite of what God’s Word teaches me.
Does that mean that God did this to me on purpose just so He would get glory? That seems un-feeling and selfish. No, God doesn’t DO things to us.
Instead, when in His infinite wisdom He allows those hard things into my life, He is so powerful that He can work out even those things for my ultimate good. He is so powerful and good that He can use the bad things in life for. my. good. My pain isn’t for no reason. It’s not pointless. God doesn’t waste pain.
Let that sink in for a moment. No matter what it is you are going through, how large or how small, God can use it–will use it–for your good, and for His glory, AND to reveal to you more of Himself. Now THAT is a wonderful God.
So cry to the LORD in your trouble. Tell Him that your soul is melting and that you’re at your wit’s end. And then praise Him for His goodness and His wonderful works. Watch Him–even if He doesn’t still the waters right away–watch Him still your heart and show His goodness to you.
“Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the LORD.”