The Will of God for Your Life – Part 2

If you haven’t read Part 1 you might want to scroll down and read it first, as this is the second installment on this topic.

As previously mentioned, it is not very difficult to determine God’s Will for our life when everything is going well.  But, when things start falling apart – family, friends, finances, jobs, health, etc… then it becomes a bit more difficult to see how any of this could be part of God’s plan for our life.  I include myself in this analysis, as I’m not immune to things that can go wrong.

Obviously, things can go wrong for a number of reasons including:

  1. Wrong choices
  2. Other people making decisions that affect your life
  3. Natural causes – famine, war, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, epidemics
  4. And, lest we forget, we live in a world marred by original sin

But, even though there are many sources, we still get puzzled why these things should come our way.  After all, aren’t we children of the King?  Surely, the King would not want His children to suffer.

But, let me point out a ‘fly in the ointment’ to that kind of simplified thinking.  It doesn’t take into account that some things we label as ‘bad’, because they are unpleasant or painful, are not necessarily bad things.  Let me direct you to think about just a few.

One, my wife has given birth to our 4 children.  This was not a pleasant or pain free experience.  There were lots of anxious moments, uncomfortable moments, even stressful moments during labor and the preceding 9 months.  But, she would not say those were ‘bad’ times, for the result was the birth of her children.

Second, during my 7 years in the military I received a lot of shots.  Some were vaccines, some were flu shots, and some were for, well, I don’t know what they were for.  I did not like them then, and I don’t like them now, but there are times when a shot is a welcome thing, even though it is painful.  I remember a doctor visit when I had a kidney stone, and as soon as the doctor saw what pain I was in ordered a shot immediately to help relieve the extreme pain.  Did I say, “No, I don’t like shots, and I don’t want to be stuck with a needle.”  I think not.  So, on the surface shots are a ‘bad’ thing.  But, below the surface, it mostly is a good thing.

So, what do these examples have to do with life and the things we endure that we label as ‘bad’.  Simply this – we are probably not in the best position to determine what is ‘good’ or what is ‘bad’, as most of our logic is based on whether we are suffering or whether we are glad or happy.  As illustrated above, those are not always good indicators of whether something is good or bad.  Now for a Bible example.

The parable of Lazarus and the rich man is full of information.  Most scholars believe this is not really a parable story, but an actual occurrence, as parables do not usually involve a person’s name.  But, regardless, Jesus recounted this incident to help us understand that what happens in the short-run, is not always an indicator of what will happen in the long-run.  Lazarus, apparently, never received anything good in life.  His finances were poor (he was a beggar).  His health was poor (he was full of sores and he had to be laid at the rich man’s gate, indicating he might have been crippled).  He was mostly hungry and ill-fed (desiring to eat the crumbs from the rich man’s table).  In short, he had nothing in life that we would call good or enjoyable.  On the other hand, Jesus said the rich man fared sumptuously every day of his life.  This idea ‘fared sumptuously’ gives us the indication that he lacked nothing, and had everything a man could possible want in this life.  But, of course, the parable doesn’t stop at what happened to these two men in this life, but allows us to look behind the curtain of death.  Lazarus is comforted, and the rich man is tormented.  For how long?  For eternity.  Now, which man ended up in a better state?  Obviously, even if a man lived to be a hundred years old, that would be nothing compared to eternity.

So, that may account for some of the confusion we experience when we try to understand why some things come into our life, that we label as ‘bad’, but only because we cannot see the full picture.

One additional item that needs to be mentioned.  If you are praying, believing Christian, you have been marked by an enemy.  This enemy is able to bring a certain degree of difficulty to your life, but he is limited.  However, it would be foolish to think that he cannot bring some degree of difficulty or cast obstacles in our way.  The Book of Job makes it clear that he hates those who serve God.  The Book of Acts also makes it clear the difficulty he brought to the early church.  But, he is limited.  He cannot do to you anything that God does not already know about.  And he cannot do anything to you that God has not already made a plan for.  But, that said, do not be fooled by those who say the enemy cannot cause you some difficulty.  If he caused difficulty for Christ, which it is clear he did, then don’t think you are going to be immune.  Fortunately, God has made provision for this, too.

Once again, I’ve exhausted my time and space, and there is so much more to discuss, but let me see if I can bring this to a close.  My closing thoughts are best summed up in the words of Christ Himself, “In this world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world.”  The summation of this thought is simply this, God is not going to spare you from the tribulation, but He is going to see you through to the other side.  Not only is He going to see you through to the other side, but you will come out victorious, and worthy of greater conquests and challenges.  And, you will be an inspiration to others who are enduring afflictions and tribulations of their own.

 

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One Response to “The Will of God for Your Life – Part 2”

  1. Barbara McGuire Says:

    I cannot say enough good things about this blog! It is FANTASTIC! In fact, I plan to print it out and store it in my book for reference. I think you covered it all and covered it well at that! Why people think this life is “stress free” is beyond me! I know from experience that my trials and tribulations have brought me to where I am today…definitely spiritually mature and STILL growing! Thank you once again for such an inspiration! This is definitely a “keeper”!! Blessings….

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