Before I formed thee . . . I knew thee.
“Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” | “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
-Jeremiah 1:5 KJV | -Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
Life doesn’t always work out as we think it should. The plans we’ve laid for ourselves are, many times, suppressed under the weight of circumstance.
We pray, and we cry, and we wait; and after all is said and done, we believe that God is going to make a way; but, sometimes the more we believe, the harder life seems to get.
How can a God who promised that He would never leave the righteous forsaken, nor His seed begging for bread (Psalm 37:35), allow us to fall into such desolate conditions?
How can a God inherently known as a provider (Gen. 22:14) blind our eyes to every open door and every possible opportunity?
We did everything right, right?
We lead an active and invested prayer life. We live as the Word instructs. We love even when the sentiment is unrequited.
Our logical minds cannot comprehend how a self-defined benevolent God could allow us to fall into such deep despair.
But, the Word tells us that the wisdom of man is foolishness to God (I Cor. 3:19). What we deem as an appropriate, and even justified, course of action has the potential to be catastrophic to God’s ultimate plan for our lives.
God does not allow His people to endure pain without a guaranteed way of escape. There is always the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel – even if that tunnel is shielded by a veil of darkness.
Hard times are simply a prerequisite to a greater blessing. There is, afterall, always sunshine after rain. No matter how many storms are present in our lives, there will be a time when those storms will cease and brighter days are again within view.
If God can’t trust us with pain, how can He trust us with power? Our character is best exhibited when our lives are in turmoil. It’s easy to have faith when there’s nothing in your life that needs restoration.
Romans 12:2 tells us to: be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
The expectations of the world should not govern our relationship with, nor our expectations of, God.
Yes, there will be hard times. Yes, there will be times we feel like giving up. Yes, things will not always work in our favor; but, we have a comfort in knowing that as long as we serve the Lord, there is a promise of prosperity over our lives (III John 1:2).
God’s plan for our life exceeds every extraordinary scenario our minds may conjure; except unlike our finicky results, His outcome is guaranteed.
Our circumstances may not always be ideal, but the aftermath will always outweigh our temporary burdens.
God’s will is good, and it is acceptable, and it is undoubtedly perfect.