Sometimes life throws one punch after another and we find ourselves winded from the relentless assault of circumstances beyond our control. When that happens our tendency is to ask hard questions or even doubt God.
This week has been unkind to our family. We spent over $1,400 to repair two older model cars, one of which died anyway. And my husband received confirmation that his position is being eliminated less than two weeks before Christmas because of a merger. Despite the stress and disappointment of our circumstances, we realize that we have so much more to be thankful for than to regret. We have our faith, our family and friends, our health, and the assurance that God will supply all our needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19). We know that he is faithful to his Word and we will face our challenges standing on his promises. He has been faithful before and we have no doubt that he will see us through this setback.
Sometimes I am tempted to ask, "Why?" but I will never ask, "Where are you, Lord?" because I already know the answer to that question. He is right here with me. He is with my precious husband who now faces the loss of a second job in less than eighteen months. He is with my twenty-year-old, who is struggling to make ends meet on a part-time salary and looking for a better job so he can find relief from the stress of adulthood. He is with my fourteen-year-old, who has made her own sacrifices and lives daily in the midst of our stress, no doubt wondering how we'll get through it all.
It is not important to ask why bad things happen. They just do. But it is important for all of us to remember, especially during those times when life is simply overwhelming, that God is loving, he is kind, he is faithful, and he is in control. And besides, he has promised to work all things together for the good of those who love him and are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).
In 1 Peter 4:12-13, we read these words: "Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed" (NIV).
When life overwhelms us perhaps the question we need to ask is, "How can you use this for your glory, Lord?" If we seek to understand his purposes for our pain, and his glory rather than our gain, then we will be able to weather life's storms in such a way that others will see him in us. Isn't that how it should be?
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