Have you ever been in a situation where it seems God is not making any sense at all? Perhaps you had everything planned out and all that was left was for the events to take their course but they didn’t and instead they went totally off course. Well this was my story some time ago.
I was going through a challenging situation. I knew no one could really help me although I spoke to a few friends about it. I prayed about it times without number and like Jesus at Gethsemane, I asked God to let the cup pass over me. Prior to that point, I had everything planned out. I never foresaw any challenge arising. It was perfect. As if my situation wasn’t bad enough, it got even more annoying! A friend of mine going through something similar approached me and poured her heart to me. Because I was in her shoes, I was able to encourage her and pray for her. After about a week I called her to get update and she was so joyful, she told me everything had been resolved. I was happy for her but wondered if my prayer requests were experiencing some sort of traffic in Heaven lol.
It didn’t make any sense at all. Little did I know God had greater plans. He closed a door I thought was the best only to open a much better one. Your story may be different or even worse, you may still be in the middle of that unpleasant situation but you need to understand that God never promised us a hitch free ride but His abiding presence all the way (Matt 28:20b). As precious as gold is, it must pass through the fire to shine beautifully.
Have you ever wondered where God is when you are passing through a difficult time? I wonder what the clay pot has to say about that too. If it could speak, it would have screamed at the potter ‘Can’t you see me going through so much pain here? This heat is killing me, I can’t take it anymore, get me out of here’. But if it were to be brought out in that state, it won’t survive much longer outside either. The fire is to make it stronger and the potter is right there to ensure the pot comes out just fine.
God loves you dearly and has the best planned out for you. He says ‘I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out- plans to take care of you not to abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for’ Jer 29:11 (MSG). Can you imagine the Almighty thinking about you? It’s mind blowing. I mean it’s cute when someone you like says you’ve been on their mind, now imagine GOD say you are always on His mind. It’s so beautiful.
Never think God is wicked, takes pleasure in His children suffering or doesn’t understand. Heb 4:15 says ‘This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the testings we do, yet He did not sin’ (NLT). No one ever said trying times were easy or palatable, but these ‘unpleasant experiences’ turned out to be encouragements for others or even we ourselves in later times. It is however a possibility that some unpleasant situations may be as a result of certain things we did wrong. ‘For the Lord disciplines the one He loves and He punished each one He accepts as child’ (Heb 12:5-6). Prayerfully seek God’s face for clarity and repent if that’s the case.
In conclusion, sometimes God may not seem to make sense but remember that His foolishness is wiser than human wisdom and His weakness is stronger than human strength (1 Cor 1:25). So instead of sinking in self-pity, encourage yourself in the Lord like David did when all he had was taken from him (1 Sam 39:6). Here is what you should do: begin to thank God for His amazing plans for you and ask for grace to trust Him all the way.
Know that even when it seems that God isn’t making sense, he has gone ahead of you to make more sense than you can ever imagine. You just need to get there, to see it!
By Emmanuela Evbuoma
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