Sometimes, things happen in your life that leave you questioning, “What is God’s reason for this? I just don’t get it.” And sometimes these events don’t coincide with the idea that “God loves me” or “God cares for me.”
I’ve been there. I’ve thought, “Lord, what’s your plan? What’s your reason for this, because I just don’t understand??”
And He responds with silence.
It would seem, at this point, that this is a justifiable moment to succumb to self-pity, thinking to yourself, “Poor me.” However, we should rise above that feeling. God’s spirit resides within each of us, and “it is not a spirit of fear or timidity, but a spirit of power, love and self-control” – 2 Timothy 1:7.
Some seasons in our life, God will be so evident in the things that happen to us. Other seasons, it will seem like He’s invisible, as though He’s abandoned you. But, rest assured, He hasn’t. He’s always there, sharpening our faith, purifying our hearts, getting rid of our dysfunctional worldly views, teaching us His ways and leading us along the path that would draw us closer to Him.
These times of darkness and despair are the best times to sing your praise. The act of praise when everything is going smoothly is a natural inclination. It’s easy to sing when things are great, and you feel good. But, when nothing makes sense, or when your world seems to be falling to pieces, praise is the last thing on most people’s minds. In fact, the thought of praise during this time is excruciating.
That’s when praise is actually a sacrifice; and that’s when God appreciates it more, because it proves to Him that you are loyal. It proves that you’re serious about your relationship with Him.
Have you ever had friends who turned their backs on you when times were rough? What about friends who stayed with you during the worst times? Don’t you appreciate these loyal friends more? God is more than just our friend. He is our Father, our Healer, our Provider and our Savior. He is everything, and our relationship with Him is the most profound one we’ll ever have in our life. The way we treat Him during our worst moments speaks volumes about how much we love Him.
What will you do ? Will you turn away from God when things are going badly? Or will you stay, and keep loving Him even during your worst days? If you stick with Him and keep loving God, He won’t forget it. When God sees that you are faithful in bad times, He will bless you even more. In Luke 16:10, it is written that “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones.” This is a significant statement that sheds light on how people act when they are faced with blessings or adversity.
No matter what’s happening in your life, God is FOR you, not against you. Remember, “His ways are higher than our ways,” and the suffering won’t last– he’ll repay you for every minute you suffered, and you will be victorious in the end. (1 Peter 5:10 ESV – “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”)
This is God’s Word, and His Word never fails.