“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not onto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path” (Proverbs 3:5-6).
As has been my practice for more than twenty years, a daily reading from My Utmost for His Highest, by Oswald Chambers, is part of my devotional habit. The following quote caught my eye this morning, “Have you been wondering why you are going through certain circumstances? In fact, it is not that you have to go through them. It is because of your relationship with the Son of God who comes, through the providential will of His Father into your life. You must allow Him to have His way with you, staying in perfect oneness with Him.”
This past Sunday morning, I had the privilege of preaching to a small congregation of believers in Fall River Mills, CA. My message was taken from Paul’s letter to the church at Colossae, “If then you have been raised up with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set you mind on the things that are above, not the things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:1-3).
If our lives are truly hidden with Christ in God, we must understand that nothing, whether that be the mountain top experiences or seasons in dark valleys, can touch or are allowed to touch the life of the believer without God’s permission.
Proverbs 3, “…He will direct your paths.” Oswald Chambers, “Have you been wondering why you are going through certain circumstances?”
As a believer, there is nothing haphazard about the events of your life. Satan had to obtain permission from God to touch Job. And again, had to obtain permission from God to sift Simon Peter like wheat.
Be it the mountain tops or the deep valleys, God allows these for our growth and maturation and for His glory. Therefore, the Apostle Paul wrote, “Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (I Thessalonians 5:16-18).
Giving thanks in everything and for every circumstance is not an exercise in positive confession or a scheme to psych yourself up, it is a statement of faith that our Sovereign Lord is in control and that He indeed knows what He is doing. Knowing that we are safely hidden with Christ in God, gives us great confidence that God has not forsaken us, in times of victory or in times of trial.