“Isn’t it glorious to know that no matter how unjust something may be, even when it seems to have come from Satan himself, by the time it reaches us it is God’s will for us and will ultimately work to our good?” (1)
How would your life change if you assumed everything that happened to you was God’s will for you?
It’s a question that gives me long pause and few words.
Anytime someone glibly says, “It is God’s will” in the face of tragedy or disaster, I cringe.
When bad things happen, questions flood my heart:
If it was God’s will and He would, could, and did, how would your life change?
I’d turn to God.
I’d cry out to Him?
I’d stand with Habakkuk and wait for God to answer me. (See Habakkuk 1:1-2:4)
I’d cling to these scriptures:
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son”
“We know that for those who love God all things work together for good.”
“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (2)
On the other hand, how would your life change if you assumed everything that happened to you was NOT God’s will for you?
In the center of the circle of the will of God I stand:
There can come no second causes, all must come from His dear hand.
God is Love, and God is faithful, so in perfect Peace I rest. (1)
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Reimann, Jim; Cowman, L. B. E. (2008-09-02). Streams in the Desert: 366 Daily Devotional Readings (p. 311). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2001), Psalm 23:4, John 3:16, Romans 8:28, and Romans 8:38-39.