I have so many things in my life to be thankful for. Sometimes when you think the Lord is going to show up through the front door, He shows up through a side window. In other words, when you’re expecting things to work out one way, God often comes through a different way than you would expect Him to and shows us how His way is so much better than the way you had things planned before.
We don’t always know why things happen the way they do, but always, always God’s way is perfect. He leads you through a path that is bumpy, toilsome, lonely and hard, but then as you sometimes get a glimpse of what He is doing and how He had to have you walk down that road to fulfill His purposes in the end… you begin to understand. Isaiah 55:8-9 says,
“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 than your thoughts.”
The bottom line is that He knows better than us and His way is better than ours. You see, we do not see the whole picture, but God does. We question why or how is He going to do this or do that or cause things to work out. It is not within us to have all the answers, that is why He is God and we are not. What we must do is lay our lives in His hands and trust that He will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5) as we go through our trials and testimonies that only cause us to be stronger in Him. I really like this quote by Charles Spurgeon because it is absolutely true. “
“Whenever God means to make a man great, He always breaks him in pieces first.”
If you do not a have testimony in Christ, how can God fully use you for His purposes? Only a true testimony will be anointed because the Holy Spirit bears witness to the truth. Have you ever heard someone give their testimony and it was anointed by God? Why? Because it was the true story of what the Lord did in that person’s life. If we never went through anything hard, we would not know what it means to overcome. If we never wept about anything, how could we have compassion for others? If we didn’t struggle and experience sacrifice and strife, how could we relate with others who are going through the same thing? If this Christian road was not going to be a fight, then why did the Lord tell us to put our armor on? (Ephesians 6:10-18)
God knows best. We do not. His ways are higher than our ways and we have so much to be thankful for. Did you eat today? Sleep in a warm bed last night? Can you see? Can you walk? Do you have people in your life that love you? Did God send Jesus His Son to die on the cross and pay the price for your sins? (Isaiah 53:5) Was that great love in demonstration something you deserved? (I John 3:18) No, but He did it anyway. (Romans 5:8) Whatever you may be going through remember, we know that “…all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28) So take heart my friends. Count your many blessings and no matter what put your faith and trust in God alone. He will help you through. As Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” Amen.