“For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, ‘Fear not, I am the one who helps you’” (Isiah 41:13).
For the past 3 days I’ve shared how our great God answered Milt’s and his inmates’ prayers. To you faithful prayer warriors at New Hope, God was listening to you too! His compassionate heart heard your pleas for my healing. Indeed He did! The bleeding was under control and brain surgery became less likely with each additional Cat-Scan (at least 8). How I praise Him! And thank you!
Indeed, He gave His angels charge over me, to keep me in all my ways! (Psalm 91:11 NKJV).
I could have been a couple seconds later entering the intersection and been broadsided—death or with left arm and/or leg crushed. On the other hand, I could have been a few seconds faster and escaped her altogether when she came barreling through. There were no skid marks indicating she made any effort to stop and avoid hitting me. Yet God allowed it.
I’ve had sincere people say it isn’t “fair.” “Why did it happen?” “Where is the good in it?” Although we may ask God why, He may or may not give us an answer, but understanding the reason behind our pain does not necessarily make the pain easier. Many things we do not know now will have to await Heaven for perfect understanding. Our God knows and some day He will make it clear to us.
“We will understand it better bye and bye.”
The fact that we know anything about Him is because He has chosen to reveal it. At times He is intentionally silent and hides Himself from us so that we learn to trust Him rather than rely on our feelings, abilities, and opinions. He wants us to “live by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7).
Like it or not, there are some things only God knows. “The secret things belong only to the LORD our God” (Deuteronomy 29:29).
However, being a God of wisdom and revelation, He delights to reveal Himself through His Word, our circumstances, our trials and heartaches. Yet, sometimes He chooses to conceal rather than reveal. Proverbs 25:2 says “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter.”
Perhaps you are holding on to questions of which you need to let go. God wants you to trust Him. By releasing them, you can increase your faith proportionally.
God does not owe us an explanation, or need our permission for whatever He allows in our lives. Someone has said, and I believe it, “Whatever God sends or allows in our lives is an invitation to draw closer to Him.” When I remember this, it cuts down on frustration and prompts a thankful response.
Chance has not brought this ill to me;
It’s man’s own hand, so let it be,
For He sees what I cannot see.
There is a purpose for each pain
And He one day will make it plain
That earthly loss is heavenly gain. –from Streams in the Desert