Ultimately, we have to trust the LORD’s wisdom in all matters of life because life does not function in a formulaic matter. What was true one time, is not true all of the time. The plans we laid made sense to us when we laid them, but the LORD redirects our paths and sometimes His paths lead us (Psalm 23:3) to places we never anticipated.
The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps. – Proverbs 16:9 (ESV)
Human ingenuity and understanding cannot answer all of our questions because we serve an active God, who is always working in ways that we cannot fully understand or explain. This is especially hard (and scary) for us when our plans fall apart and we face plant into personal suffering.
Typically, when this happens we are tempted to make the point-of-focus on what we did wrong or maybe we direct our disappointment toward the LORD because He did not meet our expectations. To falsify the character of the sufferer (you did wrong) or the character of the LORD (He did wrong) is not our best play.
Maybe you did not do anything wrong, or at least not wrong enough to warrant such suffering. Maybe the LORD knows better than you do, so He redirects your path in such a way that brings pain into your life.
- Is it possible for the LORD to be up to something good that can only come about through your suffering?
- Could the dark pain you are going through today be the tapestry the LORD will use to show the beauty of His plans for you?
These are good truths to consider as we reflect on His mysterious and good intentions for us. The real issue for us to ponder during these times of suffering is the silence of God.
- Why does the LORD not tell us the plans He has for us?
- Why does He have to be silent?
The silence of God
Silence does not mean a lack of leadership. Just because God is not speaking, it would be wrong to assume He is not leading. Leadership is verbal and leadership is silence. It can be either/or because there are times when it is important for the LORD to choose silence over...Read