Proverbs 14 8-14-20

“Every trial that comes will strengthen or weaken our faith. It reveals the source of our faith [it’s foundation].” -Francine Rivers

8 The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways [in light of their circumstances], but the folly of fools is [their self-] deception [unwillingness to bend in it].

Whether God caused our circumstances or not doesn’t matter. Instead of asking, “Why?” we should be asking, “What now, LORD?” To assume that God owes us an explanation or that He is “punishing us” is a sure sign of EGO. Our ego is at the heart of our sin nature. It’s the very thing that needs to be uncovered and laid bare so that we can give it to Jesus and be rid of it!

Here’s another reason that God doesn’t owe us an explanation: His thoughts and ways are beyond our understanding because they take into consideration EVERY person’s life, death, and interaction with family members, friends, and even enemies (Isaiah 55:8-9). Just because WE can’t see it [the reason things happen the way they do] doesn’t mean that He’s making it up. Neither is God capricious (given to sudden and unaccountable changes of mood or behavior); it goes against His goodness, which is the very fibre of God’s character.

When my grandfather passed away, Robin and I went back to Shawnee to our apartment (we were at OBU). I cried out to God, “Why?!” He didn’t speak audibly to me–it was much louder than that (thanks, Jimmy Cox, for that description). He said, “It’s okay for you to ask, “why?” Just don’t expect an answer.” I replied, “Yes, sir.”

We must remember that it’s not about us, but about Him: “for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.” 1 Corinthians 8:6. With this in mind, let’s draw as close to Him as we can during our times of inconvenience, frustration, discomfort, distress, and especially during our grief. For, “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28. In fact, the next verse tells us that everything that happens to us He uses to make us more like Jesus (Romans 8:29).

Let’s not waste another trial!!!

Abba, I tend to learn the most during a crisis, so, if that’s what it takes for me to become the most like Jesus, then I am willing! Learning to depend on You in ALL circumstances is my highest priority. I have head-knowledge, LORD, but I need experience in order to drive what I know into my heart. May I be a quick learner! Amen.

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