Sometimes I wonder why on earth certain things happen to me. I wonder, ask and question God: “Why me?” Why on earth couldn’t this happen to anybody but me? Why couldn’t God prevent me from being robbed at gun point? Why couldn’t God prevent the armed robber from stealing all the churches money? If he is an almighty God, why couldn’t he prevent a colleague from being raped? How come God didn’t stop the Boston bombings? Didn’t he know that his name would be profaned?
Of course, when I complain and rant about these things to my Christian friends, I get the usual ‘boring’ answer. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28). Friends, but seriously, that’s the only explanation we have! It’s difficult to accept but true. All things work together for our good.
All things, whether good or evil, sickness or health, life or death, all things work together for our good. I’ve come to accept that fact.
Jesus on the cross
In the book of Luke, when Jesus was being crucified, he was scorned and mocked. Our Lord was battered and naked. He really looked pitiful. So bible says that: “And there followed him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented him.” Luke 23:27
They lamented him, because he looked defeated. On the cross, to the human mind, it was the end of our Lord. It was the end of the hopes of Jesus being the savior of Israel, so some people mourned. They mourned but for a moment.
If only they knew the implications of the cross. If only they knew that it was a day of victory, a day of vanquishing of the power of death and sickness and of the defeat of the devil, if only they knew this, they would sing praises and shouts for joy at the cross.
My friends, no one knows the mind of God. We are human, however one thing is certain for as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are his ways higher than our ways, and his thoughts than our thoughts (Isaiah 55:9).
The blind man
In the bible, a story is told of a man that was born blind. Bible says “…as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? “(John9:1-2).
So from the human mind, this man was blind as a result of evil Jesus however knew God’s intent and “…answered, neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.”( John 9:3)
We all know how the story ends right? God was really glorified as a result of this man’s blindness. In the end, the man received his sight and believed in Jesus. What’s more, people also saw the miracle and knew Jesus was the Christ. The most amazing thing was that the man also received salvation and worshiped Jesus! Hallelujah!
The conclusion of the matter
I have learnt through these years that whatever happens to me, whether good or bad, whether it brings laughter or grief, whether it brings pleasure or pain, it is for nothing but my good! Hallelujah! For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God (Romans 8:18& 19). My friend, you may think your situation is bad, however no eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him (1 Corinthians 2:9). God has good plans for us, plans that will give us a hope and a future, and an expected end. From now onwards, whenever you fall into trials and troubles, give the Lord his praises and say: “This too shall pass, all things are for my good!” Amen