Understanding the hand of God is often a stumbling block to would be Christians and non believers alike. People often believe that Christ exists, but they decline to follow him because they do not understand why He allows suffering throughout the world. We tend to want a life without suffering. How would we ever know who God is, if we never need him? Why would we ever draw near to him, if our lives were perfect? The Bible tells us in Romans 12 to present our bodies as a living sacrifice. We must not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our minds so that we will know the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God for our lives. We must sacrifice our own desires by delighting ourselves in the Lord. His desires will then become our desires. By spending time in His word, we will begin to recognize the perfect will of God.
God wants us to draw ourselves to him. If we draw near to him, He will draw near to us. Sometimes He uses suffering to get our attention because He knows that many of us would not acknowledge his presence if we had no difficulty in life. Sometimes good things happen to God’s choicest servants. Even Job was a righteous man that eschewed evil, yet God permitted him to go through some devastating situations. These situations caused Job to seek and question God’s divine plan. Others around him thought he had sinned and that he should curse God and die. God chose his servant to showcase the glory of God. In the end, after seeking to understand the providence of God, Job was restored manifold.
Let’s not ask the Lord to remove all of the difficulties in our lives. Instead, let’s ask for grace to get through the situations. We should desire to be part of God’s team, to get in the game, and not be on the sidelines. We may get hit while in the game, but we know that the Lord is our shepherd. God told Joshua, the leader of the Israelites after Moses, to be strong and courageous, not to fear and to obey the word of God by not letting it depart from his mouth (Joshua 1). Thus, if we obey the word of God and meditate on it, God will be with us wherever we go. He will prepare the way. Just know that the light affliction that is felt, according to the Bible, is but for a moment working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. Let’s not look at the things which are seen, but at the unseen. For the things which are seen are temporal, but things unseen are eternal (2 Corinthians 4:17).
I pray that Jesus will give us both patience and grace to run the life He has placed before us. Additionally, I pray that we will search the scriptures to know the will of God, by presenting our lives as living sacrifices. Remember let’s be fishers of men. Amen.
For further meditation and reflection read: Joshua 1; Romans 12; Job 40 -42; 2 Corinthians 4.