Dear fellow disciple-maker,
"Where is God?" We often ask this when things go wrong in the world or in our personal lives. In those times, it is good to remember that God has a plan and he is behind everything that is happening in our lives – from birth to death. This truth is emphasized many times in scripture: I know O Lord that a man’s life is not his own; it is not for man to determine his steps (Jeremiah 10:23). All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be (Psalm 139:16).
God is the leading character
Once we realize that none of us is the leading character in the story of our life, we begin to notice God's providential leading. It is God's intervention in our lives that reminds us that He is the leading character. The things that happen in your life are things God allows for a reason. God doesn't make mistakes. He knows exactly what he is doing and what he is after.
In his book, We Travel an Appointed Way, A. W. Tozer writes:
To the child of God, there is no such thing as an accident. He travels an appointed way...accidents may indeed appear to befall him and misfortune stalk his way; but these evils will be so in appearance only and will seem evil only because we cannot read the secret script of God's hidden providence.
Trust God's heart
Over the centuries, godly men and women have reflected on the mystery of God's providence. In their moment of need, they discovered this principle: When you cannot see God’s hand, trust God's heart. We can be confident of God's wisdom and power even when he leaves us in the dark.
Consider the themes in their writings:
God is always reliable, but never predictable.
God brought me to this place. This is God’s appointment.
God will give me the grace to behave as His child. His love is sufficient.
God is refining me. In the end, this trial will turn into a blessing.
God will bring me out in His time. He alone knows when and how.
Do you ask, "Where is God?" Do you feel confused and baffled by how the Lord is dealing with you today? Take heart. As a follower of Jesus, God is working out his plan for his glory. His Spirit is in your heart and his hand is on your life.
Author:Paul Schlieker www.bible-study-lesson-plans.com
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