Not everything that happens is “good;” but He specializes in “working everything together for our good (and His Glory) when we love Him and are fulfilling His Purpose in our lives” (Romans 8:28).
Have you ever noticed how life so often seems like a large, jumbled pile of disconnected jigsaw puzzle pieces? And, unlike that 2,000 piece puzzle you buy in the store, there’s no box top or picture included that shows us what it’s supposed to look like?
If so, welcome to Life 101. And, 202, 303, 404, etc.
Yes, when we look at our lives or the things around us apart from Faith and a Biblical worldview, everything seems fragmented, disjointed and meaningless. Even though King Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived (other than Jesus), he ended up being quite idolatrous and immoral toward the end of his life. And, in his book, Ecclesiastes, he summed up everything by saying “Vanity, vanity—all is vanity and vexation of spirit under the sun” (1:2, 17; 2:1, 11, 17, 19, 22-23, 26; 4:4, 7-8, 16; 6:4, 9, 11; 7:15; 8:14; 9:9; 12:8).
Oh how sad! But, that’s what happens when you take your eyes off the Lord and only view life “under the sun,” i.e., with no God-perspective and purpose.
Thankfully, such doesn’t have to be the case.
God’s Word tells us that He has a Plan for our lives—and it’s a good Plan (Jeremiah 29:11). From the womb to the tomb He knows us, loves us and has promised to guide us as we trust Him (Psalm 139:14-18; Proverbs 3:5-6).
A beautiful example of this is Joseph in the Old Testament. If there was ever anyone who had reasons to complain, be resentful and blaming, it was him: thrown by his envious, hateful half-brothers into a pit and sold into slavery (Genesis 37:1-36); then falsely accused of attempted rape, thrown into prison and “forgotten for a full two years” by the one who’d promised to help get him out (39:7-23; 40:14-15, 23-41:1).
But, thankfully, instead of getting bitter, he got better.
Yes, he realized “the Lord was with him” and “prospered/blessed him” wherever he went (39:3-4, 21-23). And, some 20 years after being sold by his brothers, the jigsaw puzzle pieces of his life began to fall into place (42:1-9).
That’s why—through “holy hindsight”—he was able to say to his brothers “God sent me before you to preserve our families and keep His Promises. You thought evil against me, but God used it for good; therefore, don’t fear. I will take care of you and your families” (45:5-8; 50:15-21).
What a beautiful story of God’s sovereign Grace and guiding Hand!
And, dear Reader, He’ll do the same for us when we trust Him. Even though we may never go “from the pit to the prison to the palace” as Joseph did, we still go through difficult times. Perplexing times. Painful times. And, if we’re not careful, we’ll become bitter and blaming.
Thankfully, the same God that sustained and used Joseph is the same One Who’s promised to do the same for us if we’ll be trust Him.
Like Joseph, for years our lives seem disjointed and meaningless; however, if we believe that God is working behind the scenes to make our lives into a beautiful mosaic, tapestry or mantelpiece masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10), then we’ll experience His inward Peace.
I don’t know what you’re going through right now or what you’ve been through. But, God—the sparrow-watching, hair-counting, tear-catching God (Matthew 6:26; 10:29-31; Psalm 56:8)—does. That’s why you should entrust your life to Him, knowing He’ll make something beautiful of you as you do (Jeremiah 18:1-6).
Why not spend a few minutes right now telling Him what’s on your heart? Don’t hold anything back. Tell Him everything. Then, surrender to Him, saying “Have Your own way, Lord. Have Your own way” and watch what happens (Romans 10:9-10, 13). God bless you.
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