Obscured circumstances. Thoughts of uncertainties. Unanswered questions. Nothing makes sense. And waiting. For weeks or months. Or years.
“As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother's womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the maker of all things.”
Ecclesiastes 11:5, NIV
Years ago, I made a life-altering decision. My seemingly reckless decision was actually an act of obedience—a decision I prayed for weeks beforehand. Inevitably, life changed but not immediately for the better. Rather, I entered into a very long season of waiting and uncertainty. It was, in every sense, a period of time in my life when nothing made sense. I questioned my decision and God's work in my life. Life was a fog, depressing, and difficult.
“When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future.”
Ecclesiastes 7:14, NIV
Looking back on this period of my life, I can say with exceedingly great joy that God was orchestrating something beautiful—more than I could have asked for. In my waiting, God was writing the introduction to my love story, between me and my husband. God was working in my life even when life, itself, didn't make sense. What seemed like obscured circumstances, eventually led me to meet my husband months later.
God is sovereign and powerful even when life doesn't make sense. And he is good.
And when we're in these seasons of waiting and wondering, we can choose to abide in Christ. We can respond to inexplicable circumstances and uncertainties by:
Recalling God's past faithfulness
-When Jacob feared meeting Esau, (who wanted to kill Jacob years before) Jacob recalled God's faithfulness in leading him across the Jordan. (Genesis 32:10)
Clinging to God's character and promises
-When God commanded Abraham to sacrifice his only son, Abraham trusted in God's character more than his circumstances. (Genesis 22:8, Hebrews 11:17-19)
Praying to God
-When Babylon was besieging Jerusalem, God told the prophet, Jeremiah, to buy land in Jerusalem, even though the city was being taken over. In Jeremiah 32:16-25, the prophet prays about the puzzling act of obedience God called him to. God's response was powerful. (Jeremiah 32:27)
And perhaps, one day we will better understand the times in our life when nothing made sense. But even if we don't, we must believe God is good. He is good in his sovereignty. He is always working good things in our lives. Everything is ultimately for his glory.
Today I invite you to join the Ecclesiastes Bible Study. The free study is intended for individual use, (although you are welcome to use it in a group study). Complete it at your own pace. Download part 1, (Chapters 1-6) by clicking here and download part 2, (Chapters 7-12) by clicking here.
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