I did a conference call the other night and during the call there was an invitation for prayer requests. During this time one young lady shared with the group that she was to be married the previous Saturday, but at the last minute the groom decided to go his separate way.
Now most women might have gotten upset and depressed about their situation but this spiritually mature soul said she thanked God for the realization that ultimately this was a blessing. The grooms inability to honor commitment at this stage was merely a foreshadowing of things to come.
The bottom line is this no matter who we are or how anointed we think we are each of us finds the place we are mentally, physically, emotionally, materially, and spiritually, is not the place we had believed we would be. We thought our marriages would last, our children would grow up and be model Christians, our businesses would be thriving, our house would be bigger, our car would be newer, our paychecks would be bigger and life would be grand. Aspiring to reach the pinnacle of success and happiness we are disheartened to look around at our reality and find that much of what we had envisioned hasn't occurred.
Crying and praying have become routine but we never really get it in our spirit that things really will get better. We adjust our dreams to accommodate our today and we stop pushing for more believing that it's better to just accept our fate.
Trials and tribulations come our way, but the psalmist David sheds new light on the suffering and affliction that permeates our lives. He basically says "it's all good."
How is it that affliction can be good? Well, the reality of the situation is this if I've never been broke or without how do I know God is a provider? If I've never been sick how do I know God is a healer? If I've never been restless and without peace how do I know about His peace that surpasses all understanding?
Reading or hearing about God's promises versus experiencing God's promises are in no way the same. Our affliction is a learning ground. It's a place for us to truly experience the manifested promises of God in our lives.
The Bible declares all things work together for our good, not just the good things but "all" things. Therefore, even in the midst of our adversity we can rest assured that God is still in control and He's working it out in our favor. It may not always seem like it at the time but at the end of the day we are better as a result of what we've been through.
We many not have gotten that job but perhaps His promise is a business. We may not have gotten that raise but perhaps His promise is a promotion. We may have been denied that apartment but perhaps His promise is a house. God knows His plans for us and they are always to prosper us and give us a future and a hope.
Remember it's all good.