I know; crazy right?! I mean seriously, what in the world is going on in my life right now?
At one time or another in our lives we all have said (or thought) these very words (or similar). Have you ever had something amazingly good and terribly bad going on in your life at the exact same time? If you have never experienced this unique state of being, then "keep on living" (as my grandmother would say) because the day is coming where this shall certainly happen to you too!
What is GOD doing in situations like these? What is HE trying to tell me? In order to process this we must first realize above all else that GOD loves us and has good planned for our lives.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
"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."
Second, we must understand that we cannot (and will not) understand everything GOD is doing in our lives.
Isaiah 55:8 (NIV)
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.
Therefore it is crucial we keep these 2 very important foundation facts in mind as we move into the third (and most vital) point of action . . . PRAYER! Now please understand the purpose of this prayer is to gain wisdom, strength, encouragement, and revelation.
Wisdom to make the best decisions.
Strength to do what is necessary.
Encouragement for the moments our faith is low.
Revelation for our own personal growth and the growth of others who are closely watching us.
Yes it is most certainly ok to ask GOD questions in humility. However we must be careful not to question GOD as if to put HIM on trial.
Here is an example. Let's examine what happened to Mary, the mother of JESUS.
She is a teenaged virgin girl engaged to be married when suddenly she is visited by the angel Gabriel and told she is now going to be made pregnant and give birth to a child.
Luke 1:26-35 (NIV)
"In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God."
Let's pause right there and not focus on the fact the baby is JESUS. Instead take a moment and imagine young Mary has to go back to her fiancé (Joseph) and say, "Um, Joe baby?! I've got something to tell you sweetheart. Um, today I was visited by an Angel named Gabriel. He told me I am going to have a baby. Then later I was made pregnant by the Holy Spirit without having sex!"
Now ladies imagine yourself trying to explain this to your fiancé. Fellas, image hearing this explanation from your lady. With all due respect to everyone reading this message, I don't care how close you are to GOD, you would have a very hard time with this situation regardless which side of it effected you!
Not only did Mary have to tell her future husband, she also had to tell her family. Back in those days to be pregnant before marriage resulted in the woman being stoned to death.
So this incredibly wonderful thing happens to Mary, but yet at the very same time her life and the life of the baby are now in terrible danger!
The Bible describes Joseph as a good man and says he didn't "trip" (lose his cool) on the news from Mary. However the Bible also says that Joseph was indeed troubled by the news and had serious doubts about the future of their relationship. In fact Joseph was preparing to cancel their wedding, but doing so quietly (as a good man) so that Mary and the baby would not be harmed.
Before Joseph could move forward with his intended plan to resolve the matter, an Angel of the LORD visited Joseph in a dream one night. The Angel confirmed that Mary told the truth and from that point Joseph believed Mary. The Angel also gave Joseph wisdom on how best to move forward in the situation.
Jumping ahead in the story, Joseph married Mary and she gave birth to JESUS. You can read the complete story in Luke 1:26-38 , Luke 2:1-21, and Matthew 1:18-24
While Joseph & Mary's faith was tested and ultimately made stronger, their story has encouraged billions of people around the world over thousands of years.
There are moments where good and bad happen in our lives at the exact same time. While these moments strengthen our faith, they often are not about us at all. Instead it is for those around us to watch, listen, and witness for themselves the gracious, merciful, loving GOD move in our lives as a testimony for them to receive.
Don't worry about how you are going to resolve the issues in your life. Trust in GOD as Joseph did and GOD will give you the wisdom you'll need. GOD may tell you to move, or perhaps HE will tell you to stand still. Either way, trust GOD! Rely on HIM!
Remember, while you won't understand everything GOD does, just know HIS plans for you are good! So use this as a compass with your heart pointed toward GOD. It will help you navigate through the mysteries of life!
Psalm 32:8 (NIV)
"I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you."
Psalm 119:105 (NIV)
"Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path."
I pray these words have been a blessing for you as they are for me (bringing us in closer relationship with our FATHER). Please feel welcome to reply and share your thoughts by posting them here or privately at email@example.com.
If this message has touched your heart and you do not know JESUS CHRIST as your Lord & Savior but want HIM in your life you can accept HIM right now wherever you are. Pray this prayer out loud, "Dear GOD, I ask forgiveness for all of my sins. I believe that JESUS CHRIST is your son. I believe that JESUS suffered and died on the cross, was buried, and was resurrected for me. I accept JESUS as my Lord & Savior. Come now and live in my heart. I accept you as head of my life. In the name of JESUS I thank you, Amen."
If you have just prayed this prayer I say to you "GOD bless you and Congratulations"! If you do not have a church home, pray and ask GOD to lead you to a local (Bible believing) church in your area where you can be baptized in the name of JESUS, fed the Word of GOD, and fellowship with other Christians.
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GOD bless you!