“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
This scripture is bedrock for those who love God and are experiencing difficulty in their life. At the same time, it can be hard to consistently accept the truth of this verse because it makes us look outside our circumstances and beyond temporary affliction to the realm of eternity.
John 9 describes a man who was blind from birth. All those around him were trying to figure out why. Only when Jesus came along, and the timing was right, was the answer exposed. Jesus said, “This happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.” (John 9:3)
I can’t imagine the hurt this man felt as he heard the judgments made as to whether or not it was because of his parent’s sin or his own that caused his blindness. It was neither. Sometimes, God intentionally leaves us without knowledge regarding the source or reason behind our pain.
In our times of trouble and grief the reasons or purposes are sometimes concealed. But when we embrace God, with whom nothing is secret, we will find our faith being stirred. Our trust in God will be heightened to a point where leaning into Him becomes our resting place. Within our unanswered questions, God shows Himself in ways we would never discover Him otherwise.
Psalm 34:18 says, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
Father, God, I thank you for the truth that You are near me whether I feel You or not. Show Yourself to me in a way I would not experience otherwise during this time in my life and give me Your strength as You build my faith and trust in who You are.
If you are going through a difficult time in your life, take a moment to ask God to give you eyes to see and ears to hear what He has for you in these moments as He gives you an eternal perspective. Can we pray for you today?