Although we can be sure that God is always working for our good and the good of others, even through trials and suffering, we will not always know exactly what that good is.
In many cases his ultimate purposes will not be evident for a long time. And in some situations his ways and objectives are simply too profound for us to comprehend, at least until we see God face to face (see Romans 11:33-36).
This should not diminish our confidence in him or our willingness to obey him, however. As Deuteronomy 29:29 tells us, “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.”
This passage provides the key to dealing faithfully with painful and unjust situations. God may not tell us everything we want to know about the painful events of life, but he has already told us all we need to know. Therefore, instead of wasting time and energy trying to figure out things that are beyond our comprehension, we need to turn our attention to the promises and instructions that God has revealed to us through Scripture.
The Bible tells us that God is both sovereign and good, so we can be sure that whatever he has brought into our lives can be used to glorify him, to benefit others, and to help us to grow.
Taken from The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict
by Ken Sande, Updated Edition (Grand Rapids, Baker Books, 2003) pp. 64-65.
Food for Thought
Are you living with a painful situation? Is there a situation in your life that you just don’t understand why it has transpired in the way it has?
As you trust God with the “secret things,” first remember all he has already done for you through Christ. Then focus your attention on obeying his revealed will, and you will experience greater peace within yourself (Psalm 131; Isaiah 26:3) and serve him more effectively as a peacemaker (Proverbs 3:5-7).
The above statement in bold caught my eye. What happens if you are so into a painful situation that you really don’t care if it glorifies God, or that it benefits others, or we really don’t care to grow that much at all, thank you very much.
Where do you go, what do you do?
Turn our attention to knowing, living and obeying Gods word, instruction and promises.
Easier said than done, eh?
God hasn’t turned his back on you when you are in a painful situation. And soon the clouds will pass to see Him standing right beside you.
Isn’t that what faith is all about?
Now I must go practice what I preach!