â€œThe LORD has established His throne in the heavens, and His sovereignty rules over allâ€
In reality, there will be times when adversity will come to each of us. Expect it. No one is immune. Job makes a good point: â€œShall we indeed accept good from God, and not adversity?â€ (Job 2:10). After all, we deserve death but Jesus died for us instead.
One day all will be perfectly clear. Until then, we can allow the comforting words of Jesus to speak to our hearts: â€œYou do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understandâ€ (John 13:7).
We now know in part, Paul says, but when we see Jesus face to face, then we shall â€œknow fullyâ€ even as we are â€œfully knownâ€ (1 Corinthians 13:12).
When Job stopped questioning God and started trusting Him, he acknowledged to God, â€œI know that You can do all things; no plan of Yours can be thwartedâ€ (Job 42:2). He humbly admitted that he could not see the whole pictureâ€”things that made no sense, which were too wonderful to understand.
Like Job, we may need to remind ourselves of the things about God that we do know and affirm what we know to be true. He is faithful, good, loving, limitless, unchanging; He is in control of all facets of our lives.
Job asked some legitimate questions in his pain and despair. â€œWhy is life given to a man whose way is hidden, whom God has hedged in?â€ (Job 3:23). God had put a â€œhedgeâ€ of protection around Job, and now, ironically, he feels hemmed in with turmoil (v. 26).
Our response to difficult days should not be hopelessness or despair. God will be faithful in His love and care, and is sovereign over all eventsâ€”including OUR circumstances. Every one of them. (Psalm 103:19).
One thing I know: these difficulties were sent to reveal what Almighty God can do in answer to faith that prays.
Conversely, we donâ€™t need an explanation as much as we need strength. We need comfort and support. This is where New Hope has come through in flying colors, and I appreciate all of you!
Like as a piece if tapestry
Viewed from the back appears to be
Only threads tangled hopelessly;
But in the front a picture fair
Rewards the worker for his care,
Proving his skill and patience rare.
You are the Workman, I the frame.
Lord, for the glory of Your Name,
Perfect Your image on the same. â€“from Streams in the Desert