Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18. I believe everything happens for a reason.
The devil can’t touch us as God’s children because of the hedge of protection around us. However, God does allow the devil for a reason; his defeat. The situation may not be pleasant (like what happened to Job) but if we can maintain our positive attitudes toward that situation, I believe in the end, God would use what was meant for our downfall, harm, disgrace, death, etc to lift us up to a new and a higher level. Amen!
He has promised to give us a wonderful future.However, He never said anything about how the journey would be like. That is what makes Him God. He knows ways and means to get us to that destination. If He should reveal to us what would happen in our days on earth, there are some people we would never talk to, some places we would never go, some food we would never eat, some schools we would never attend, some cars, planes, ships, etc we would never board, some holidays we would never go, etc. He sees everything right in His sight just that we tend to complain, cry, worry, etc when we don’t understand what He is doing. What I have realised is God through His Spirit, the Holy Ghost, would reveal to us what God has prepared for us both the present and the future. He would give us a clear picture of what He has for us But the ways to get there are kept hidden from us. Our constant walk in Him would reveal to us what we have to do daily, as we walk on the road to that destination.
Nobody knows how God does things. The scripture tells us God’s ways are above our ways, and His thoughts above our thoughts. As humans it is sometimes difficult to see from God’s perspective, or to understand how He works. You may not understand why you lost that lovely family member, why that fellow walked out of that relationship, why despite all your efforts the company decided to lay you off, why people don’t appreciate you, why you are still unemployed, etc. You may not understand the situation you are going through now. But hear me today; they are happening so that God’s divine purpose for your life can come to pass.
Wait a minute, what do you mean Mr. Preacher? Am hurt, am unemployed, i’ve had an accident, my friend died, I was punished for doing good, my house was on fire, my car, business, my parents are not working, am facing deportation, etc. And you are saying they are happening so that God’s divine purpose for my life could come to pass?
The answer is YES.In John 9, when Jesus and His disciples saw a man blind from birth, Jesus told them in verse 3 that “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.”
Friends, some things (both good and bad) happened to us, is happening to us, and would happen to us for the work of God to be displayed in our lives, so that others will see how powerful our Father is. When something good happens, we tend to give Him thanks. However, we cry, worry, talks when something bad happens to us. Let us have in mind that all things work together for our good. When the scripture says all things, it means those things we see as bad, and those we see as good. In those “bad situations”, we have to give thanks to God for getting us out. Paul said “Be thankful in all circumstances” not Be thankful for all circumstances. We don’t have to thank God for bad things happening to us. NO! Satan is responsible for that. We must thank Him (God) in that situation for His Power to set us free. We should also know that He is more than able to see us through. Nothing happens to us, they happen for us. What was, is, and would be meant for your harm would be used for your good. No one knows God’s ways.