Have you ever had something not work out your way, then realized much later on that you are actually much better off because it didn’t. Maybe you looked back and thought, how coincidental is that? Perhaps you even discounted it over to dumb luck. Garth Brooks even wrote a song about this concept called “Unanswered Prayers”. There are many ways that people look at things. But if there is one thing that I have become certain of, there are no accidents with God.
“Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him. Abraham and Sarah were already very old, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing. So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?” Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, “I did not laugh.” But he said, “Yes, you did laugh.” – Genesis 18:10-15
Nothing is too big for our God. He knows how you really feel inside too. When Sarah laughed, God called her out and she lied saying, “no I didn’t.” – and he said, “Yes, you did laugh.” See God always knows what is on our hearts. We can’t fool God. We can only fool ourselves thinking that we have fooled God.
At one point in my life, I had this great business that was booming, We multiplied 5x in revenue in less than five years. I was sitting on top of the mountain with all this money and all of this success. But my failure was that I did not keep my eyes on Christ. My heart was far from God, and He knew it. Then one day the entire business collapsed. I went from on top the mountain to sleeping on a friends couch just for a change of scenery and to keep my mind off my epic failure. I’d find anything that would help distract me from feeling bad about myself.
But what I viewed as my failure, what the enemy intended for harm, God used for his good. That event helped open my eyes to the life that I was living without God at the center, and the path that I was going down. That event helped me refocus my eyes on Jesus, and put God first. Then, just like God, He worked everything out. And did God ever work things out for the better. I went from a bad relationship to meeting my wife and starting my wonderful family. God gave me a whole new group of amazing friends that I would not trade-in for the world. I went from an old home to a beautiful brand new custom built home that we designed in a beautiful subdivision, with fishing ponds and woods and room for my boys to run and meet new friends.
None of this happened by accident. I couldn’t have planned it this way if I tried. I just focused on God, and gave myself to him fully. Then boom God delivers. David says it in Psalm 3 – no one said it would happen, everyone said it wouldn’t, then boom there goes the dynamite. That video is a great representation of how it works sometimes. We sit there trying to control the situation, describe what’s going on, as we fail miserably – then God delivers, and boom goes the dynamite.
Images courtesy of: Marco Hazard
If you are not familiar with this “boom goes the dynamite” reference, and are in need of a good laugh, here is the YouTube link: Boom Goes The Dyanamite
God always follows through on His promises. You can trust in Him. You can trust in Him. You can trust in Him. God always keeps his promises.. but in His own time and in His own way.
Dear heavenly Father, we know that nothing is too big for You. Help us to trust in you Word, and to have peace knowing that you have us Lord, that your shield of protection is all around us Lord, and that all things will work out according to your Will Lord. Help us to trust in you Lord. Reveal to us your Will God, and help us to trust in you. We give you all the honor, and glory, and praise, in Jesus mighty name. Amen.
Photo By Marco Hazard
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