When You Don’t Understand
When you don’t understand what’s happening in your life, start with what you know for sure; namely, that God is good all the time, and His ‘…love for those who respect him continues forever…’ (Psalms 103:17 NCV). He’s not fickle. He doesn’t bless you one day and curse you the next: His ‘mercies…are new every morning’ (Lamentations 3:22-23).
But there are things God chooses to reveal to us, and ‘secret things’ He doesn’t—for our own good. Writer Beth Jones says: ‘If God keeps a secret from us, it’s for our benefit and the benefit of others …For example, He doesn’t go around blaming, tattling, or disclosing our sins, weaknesses, unbelief, carnality, selfishness, or pride to others.
When things happen, God knows why…Secret things belong to the Lord. And when He reveals something to us, it’s because He wants us to walk in that truth by faith. For example, He reveals His character and His will in His Word…so we can live by faith knowing that He’s good, fair, kind, generous, merciful, faithful, gracious, patient, and He’s in the saving, healing, redeeming, restoring, sanctifying, and blessing business. Things revealed belong to us.
When we don’t know why …here’s what we know for sure. God’s Word is truer than our circumstances or experiences…and just because He knows everything about us doesn’t mean He tells us about everything. We also know that when things look bad, God is still good. He’s a giver, not a taker…a blesser, not a curser…and no matter what happens or doesn’t happen, at the end of the day—we still win!’
‘…secret things belong to the Lord…things revealed belong to us…’ Deuteronomy 29:29 NIV
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
Psalm 37:4-5, 23-24; 40:1-3, 16
Delight yourself in the Lord, & he will give you the desires of your heart! Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, & he will act! The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand. I waited patiently for the Lord he inclined to me & heard my cry! He drew me up from the pit of destruction, & set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God! May all who seek you rejoice & be glad in you!
Seek Christ today & you will be amazed! Never delay!