Do you sometimes scratch your head and ask, just what is God up to? I don’t know about you, but when adversity or difficulties come, there’s a part of me that wants to run the other way. I only give God a fleeting thought as I do my best to avoid the harder things in life.
But running the other way or doing your best to avoid problems means that you really don’t believe God can bring a greater good out of the situation. God sometimes allows adversity to take you to a higher place. He wants to make you stronger. Will you do your part?
As various people I know struggle with a whole list of difficulties, I’m constantly trying to remind them that they need to keep submitting it all to God, so that He can turn it into something greater than we can imagine.
It may take years to see it, but we have to trust that God is always up to something, and He always has our best interests at heart. We all want God to do His work immediately, so that we can see and feel it. We want the person to be healed now. We want our financial situations to be resolved now. We want that marriage to be restored now. Now, Now, Now.
But more often than not, God doesn’t respond to our demands of immediacy. He works that way because, as Scripture says, His time is not our time (Psalm 90:4). Maybe a better approach would be to tell God that that you’ll accept His timing. No matter how long it takes, you’ll trust that He’s working things out.
Such sustaining faith is what will get you through your difficulties. God might be using the challenges you face to get you unstuck and moving forward. Maybe He’s trying to stretch you and get you out of your comfort zone.
God always has a plan for each one of us, and we’re all works in progress. Have confidence that anything He’s up to is for your greater good. He loves us that much.