God is always in control
Sometimes in our day to day battles, we forget to acknowledge that God is ALWAYS in control. Nothing ever takes Him for surprise. Imagine God saying, “WOW! I never saw that one coming!”. It sounds ridiculous doesn’t it? Yet, this is often what we assume happened when things don’t quite go our way:
* The job you didn’t get…
* The bad news that was just delivered…
* The financial challenges you now face…
* The doors God keeps closing…
Whatever it is, believe me, it didn’t catch God off guard. I truly believe He has a plan and purpose for each and every one of us. Like in the game of chess, he is several moves ahead of where we are. If we could only see far enough down the road.
I was listening to a song by Ed Kowalczky today, formerly of the band Live, that reminded me of how it’s sometimes tough to keep fighting the battle without seeing the victory ahead. Now a Christ-follower, Ed’s perspective on life has changed quite a bit from his days as a “live it up rockstar”… In the song “Stand“, he goes on to say:
“If you could stand tall with me
What are we fighting for
We have to believe
It was setting us up for more
So much more that we could know
Is waiting just down the road. If you could stand tall with me”
More lyrics: http://www.lyricsmania.com/stand_lyrics_ed_kowalczyk.html
All about Ed Kowalczyk: http://www.musictory.com/music/Ed+Kowalczyk
God often uses challenging times to strengthen and grow who we are. If we knew there was pain or trouble ahead we may never travel the road. Yet when we see the end in site, we are more willing to persevere. It’s the great unknown that trips us up every time. We question God. Why did He let me fail? Didn’t He know what was best for me and my family? We often get mad at Him and blame Him for our failures.
He is just and sovereign and without error. God ultimately knows what is best for us. We may not understand it at the time, but He is so far ahead of us. He often uses trial and error to build character, increase our faith and dependence on Him, and prune things from our lives. My late uncle Bob, who was a man of godly wisdom always used to say:
“When God is all you have…you realize that He is all you need”
Bob Stuart truly lived with this in his heart until the day he passed away. I miss him dearly, but he taught me something I will never forget! We can leave God, but He will never leave us. Wherever you are today, praise God in both the good and bad times and you will find life’s ups and downs to be much less stressful. After all when God closes one door, He is opening up another one down the road… Stay focused and centered on Him and He will take you places you never imagined!