This is such a hard quote for a lot of people to understand. When the trials come, when the tests of life, the losses, the difficulties, the hardships, it goes against human nature to say "God sent this, so it must be good for me". Our human minds can not comprehend that the loss of a job with a baby on the way is a good thing. Or the loss of a loved one, especially a child. The struggles that married couples go through emotionally from time to time. The loss of everything and having to start from scratch. In our frail little minds we do not see that when God sends these trials our way that He is doing it to draw us closer to Him. To teach us to completely depend on Him. To draw our strength from Him. To depend on our literal daily bread from Him.
If we think we are going through tough times, pause a moment and consider Job. The man lost his business, his children, his home, his reputation, his "friends", the respect of his wife, his vast wealth and not once did he curse God. Sure, he had questions. He wanted to know why but he never lost his faith in God. God rewarded him by returning everything to him that had been taken away and then some!
When we lose what's important to us, what we love, what we need, we may not understand why, but all we need to remember is that if God brings us to it, He WILL bring us through it. This is a lesson that I've had to learn over the past year.
I was pregnant with our son and my husband lost his job about 6 weeks before our son was born. Talk about a freak out! At least I still had my job and insurance that covered everyone. While I didn't understand at the time, I see now that it was so that Oscar could be here for me at the end of a difficult pregnancy. That he could be there at the hospital for the birth of our son and for the Christmas holidays. The job that he was in was one where he could have had to go cross country at any given time for several weeks at a time and he wouldn't have been able to take any time off to be with the family for Christmas.
God has provided for our needs every step of the way and I know that He will continue to do so. You see, My husband still hasn't found a job, though he has been looking everywhere, and I found out last week that I'm pregnant again...our son is 4 ½ months old. YIPES! Completely unexpected and a big shocker but I can see God's hand in it every step of the way. To go from being told after I had my daughter that basically the chances of me having any more children was slim to none and 8 ½ years of barrenness, to now appearing that I'm going to have two babies less than a year to a year apart in age, WHEW! God has truly blessed me abundantly with love and the children I always dreamed of having. I may not understand the timing, but it's clear that He does and He has a purpose for it.
So while, right now, I may not know how we are going to pay tuition for the kids that's due on Thursday, along with rent, etc. I know that God has a plan and He will provide as He has every step of the way so far. God just wants for us to trust Him until the very end. God's faithfulness to His children is a beautiful thing! God sent this to me so I KNOW it is good for me. It has helped increase my faith in the promises of God and His mercies and grace and has also forced me to entrust my circumstances, my life, my family, my everything into His keeping. God's faithfulness is abundant and His blessings pour down like rain on a daily basis, even though we may not see it at the time. We just have to learn to open our eyes, our hearts and our minds to what God has in store and be willing to accept whatever it is that He has planned for us.
Isaiah 55:8: For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD.
Jeremiah 29:11: 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.
Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;
As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!
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