Ecclesiastes 3: 11, He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.
Romans 8: 28, And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Do you ever just feel like giving up? You’ve come to the end of your rope and tied so many knots that, in your own strength, you cannot possibly tie another one. Your rope is worn and frayed. You are exhausted and at the absolute end of yourself. What do you do?
You give up. Yes, give up. Give up trying to do things in your own strength. Give up trying to do that which only the Lord can do. Just give up and repent.
I’m a rather stupid girl sometimes. You know the old bang-your-head-against-the-wall-because-things-are-crazy-and-I’m-overwhelmed-but-I’m-going-to-keep-on-trying-anyway routine? Yep, that’s me. I want things to be right so bad that I sometimes try really, really, hard to make them right when they were never meant to be right in the first place. Not everything is meant to be right or good or perfect.
The Lord doesn’t mean for everything that comes into our life to be good. He doesn’t promise that everything will work out in a way that is pleasing to us. Not always. Not everything. What He does promise is that all things will work together for our good. It might take a long time. It might seem like it takes forever. And there might be a whole lot of endless wave-upon-wave of disasters in the meantime. Things might get bad and stay bad for a long time before we see good start to come out of them. And when life is like that, when problems roll, what do we do? We try to fix everything. We do. We just do over and over and over again.
And sometimes doing is the very worst thing we can do. Sometimes we just need to let go. To stop. To quit trying to fix it. Just pray and trust in God. Trust in His goodness.
Life is full of pain. Sometimes disasters happen. Sometimes, life goes downhill and stays that way for a really long time. Sometimes pain upon pain mounts and multiplies until it seems that there is nothing at all but pain left to us. Even the good left in our lives is painted with pain. And we try to fix it. We fight to fix it. And we end up broken and full of aching. Full of questions as to why.
Why? Why did this have to happen? Couldn’t God have stopped it? If He’s really a good God, wouldn’t He care that we hurt so bad? If He’s a great God, couldn’t He stop it?
We can keep right on asking those questions. We can keep right on trying to answer them. But the truth is, we can’t always know why. God has His reasons. His ways are higher and better than ours. We must trust in Him to do what is right. To bring forth good in His time.
But it’s hard. Really hard. Sometimes it just seems too hard. So we keep on trying to do something, hoping to somehow, someway, make things better. Make them right.
I too am guilty of this. I just keep pushing ahead, trying to make things right, desperately trying to make things better. Accomplish some good. And it wears me out.
Some of my efforts are good. But some are pointless. I can’t fix things. And neither can you. I don’t know what is wrong in your life. But I do know that, no matter how things might seem, God is still good. He is still in control. And in His time, He will bring forth good. He has promised that and we can trust Him.
Yes, disasters will come. We’ve had nearly ten years of them, rolling one on top of another. Sometimes life is like that. Billows upon billows, trial upon trial, pain upon pain, until we are totally and completely shattered. We might cry out to God in our brokenness and some might even accuse Him but what we really ought to be doing is praising Him.
Praise Him, for He is good.
Praise Him even as billows roll.
Praise Him for, if we love Him, if we are called according to His purpose, all things, broken things, even disastrous things, will work together for our good. In His time.
Praise the Lord!
Soli Deo gloria!