Even in Difficulty, God is in Control

March 11, 2013 | Tags:

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The king did not listen to the people, because this turn of events came from the Lord to carry out His word.

1 Kings 12:15

Sometimes in difficulty and tragedy we wonder if God has left us. We wonder, if God is so good and so loving, why would he allow this difficulty to happen? The key to these questions lie in the perspective we seek. Trying to figure it out on our own will only lead to frustration and anger, and possibly, walking away from God. But if we instead seek the Lord through prayer and His word, He is faithful to show us His perspective. His perspective will always lead us to hope. Even if we still don’t understand why, we will have hope, which will give us what we need to carry through.

After King Solomon’s prosperous reign in Israel, God foretold that the nation would fall apart. When Solomon’s son Rehoboam sought advice from the elders about how to handle the people’s request to lighten the yoke of work Solomon had placed on them, Rehoboam refused. He instead placed a heavier burden on the people, causing them to leave the Kingdom of David and seek a separate kingdom. This is how united Israel split and became the Northern Kingdom and the Southern Kingdom. And God allowed it to happen.

At the time, the people of Israel were probably very confused. Why would God allow His covenant people to split from one another? They couldn’t see it at the time, but God had a plan that would eventually bring everything together for good (Rom. 8:28). God had a plan to eventually bring about the salvation of the world through the Jews, in Jesus Christ.

We may not see it in difficulty, but God has a plan. The power and sovereignty of God is demonstrated when He can take any sin or tragedy and turn it around for His glory. It is in times of difficulty and confusion where we especially need to walk closely with Him and spend lots of time in the Bible. It is only as we see the character of God demonstrated in other events and tragedies in the Bible that we can see His perspective on the matter.

Are you in difficulty now? Keep seeking God. Place yourself in His way as often as you can by reading your Bible and praying. God will instill hope into your situation. And that hope will keep you going one day at a time. He has a plan. He has not left your side. Have faith, Beloved, and believe the same God who had a plan in the events in the Bible has a plan for your life too.

We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.

-Romans 8:28

By Courtney Silberman

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