Have you ever wondered, “Why is this happening to me?”
It started on a coffee date with Lisa. There we were, setting up our computers, getting ready to talk about what was happening in our corner of the blog world.
It started with coffee and coffee ended it!
No sooner did I return with our drinks and I knocked over my 16 oz Americano directly onto the keyboard of my MacBook Pro. Who knew such a compact space could contain that much coffee!
Not good . . . that’s one brutally expensive Americano. Is this necessary?
Then, Lisa’s Ipad was stolen from the local library . . .
Then, I hit a deer with our van . . . well over $4,000 in damage . . .
Then Lisa’s old laptop (what she was limping along with keeping her blog – club31women.com – going) malfunctioned.
There’s more, but you get the picture. All this happened within the last 12 days. Why?
Maybe your trials are of a more serious nature – like when our daughter was born with severe brain damage, or any number of excruciatingly difficult circumstances. You’re feeling like you want to give up because God is against you.
That’s what we’re tempted to think many times, isn’t it? Bad things happen – a trial comes – because God is angry with us and we’re being punished.
This is exactly what people thought in Jesus’s day, as well. There was a man who was born blind and the disciples asked Jesus, “Who sinned to cause this man to be born blind . . . this man, or his parents?” John 9:2
Like them, we believe too much in the bigness of our problems and too little in the greatness – and goodness – of our God. It’s only logical, right? When bad things happen, it’s God whacking us for something else He didn’t like.
The Bible offers a different perspective on your troubles. How did Jesus answer that question?
“Neither this man nor his parents sinned. He was born blind so that the works of God should be seen in his life.” John 9:3
Yes! Bad, bitter, difficult trials are allowed to happen for the purpose of bringing glory to God. That’s what Jesus said.
Do you believe Him?
God allowed your circumstance, condition, trial, or whatever you are facing for the ultimate purpose of showing you His grace for the journey He called you to walk . . . for revealing His glory to a heart yielded to Him and to a watching world.
You and I can choose to grow hard inside and rebel against these circumstances or we can trust in the goodness of our God and hope in His plan for us.
The blind don’t always receive their sight. The lame don’t always walk. And, sometimes what we think is best doesn’t happen. Why? Because God will manifest His glory in His way and in His time, not in ours. In the midst of the trial, we may not understand but God always has a plan.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8,9
In His time, God’s glory is always revealed to hearts yielded to Him. It all comes down to trust – to faith, believing in His greatness and His goodness, not just on the mountain top, where the sky is clear and you can see for miles, but in the valley of your trial, where visibility is limited and the way is dark. Will you trust Him in the valley?
“This is the day which the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24.
It’s your call.
Matt Jacobson is a biblical marriage coach and founder of FaithfulMan.com a biblical marriage, parenting, and discipleship ministry providing written and audio teaching, as well as couples marriage coaching. He is the co-host (with his wife, Lisa) of Faithful Life Podcast and is author of the bestseller, 100 Ways to Love Your Wife. Matt is pastor of Tumalo Bible Fellowship and is married to Lisa, founder of Club31Women.com (they have 8 kids!).