“Remember how the Lord your God led you through the wilderness for these forty years, humbling you and testing you to prove your character, and to find out whether or not you would obey his commands.” Deuteronomy 8:2
It is my firm belief that God either causes or allows everything that takes place not only in our lives, but also in the universe as a whole. If that were not true than how could He possibly be a spirit being who claims to know all things, have all power and be all places at one time? It wouldn’t be possible would it? Things happen to us in our life to teach us lessons about living. Some learn their lessons; others do not and are caught in a cycle of mistakes and unfulfilled promises. Like the Hebrews of the OT we are tested and as a result humbled by the circumstances that confront us. Rather than curse His name for our situation, we should learn that each event comes with something for us to learn.
There are times when even the strongest believers have a crisis of faith and begin to lose hope. That is precisely when you must realize that your world's not falling apart, it's falling into place*. God knows exactly what He’s doing and orchestrates events all around us to bring His will and purposes to fruition.
It’s imperative that we take stock of our walk with the Lord regularly. Personal assessment is the responsibility of each and every believer. God knows your heart and wants to see your faith and trust in Him grow, but it can only happen if you have the desire for it to take place. Your will is the wrong path to take. God’s will for you is the perfect path that He laid out for you before the dawn of time. Remember from whence you came and realize that living for God isn’t a test you take, but rather a test you live. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
*Thanks to contemporary Christian music group Casting Crowns for those profound words. That’s a heavy line that can spark hope in the hearts of all believers.