In my devotion today, Casting Your Cares, I ask this question…
“What’s the point of giving my burden to God in the first place if he wasn’t going to make it all go away?”
Have you ever asked yourself that same question? In reality, what you and I are wondering is, How do I pick of the pieces when the cookie crumbles? David wondered the same thing. He worded the question this way.
“When all that is good falls apart, what can good people do?” (Ps 11:3,4).
David asks this question as if he knows the very concern of our hearts. He seems to understand that even Believers are constantly battling for the reassurance of hope. Surprisingly, David doesn’t provide us with an answer. Instead, he reminds us of God’s sovereignty.
“The LORD is in his holy temple; the Lord sits on his throne in heaven.”
When life seems hopeless, we can rest in this truth. God is in control. He cares. I am not forgotten. I have not escaped His attention. God knows where I am and He knows my struggles. These truths feed our faith during unfaithful times.
If you’re facing adversity of some sort, God may not have caused it but He has allowed it. Not for your harm, but for your good and mine.
For example, when someone says something that hurts my feelings, I know that they couldn’t have done so unless God allowed it. And because God is love and everything He does comes from love, I can be certain that what may be meant for evil, God will use it for my good—to make me stronger, kinder, aware, … Whatever the work God is doing, it’s a good work.
Whether turbulent times are brought on by an unexpected illness, a strained marriage, a bad choice or some other challenge, knowing God is in control provides peace under pressure. You may have lost hope, but the God of all hope has not lost you. He’s aware of your circumstances and He’s allowed them for one reason—to give you more—more of Him, more patience, more faith, more love and compassion for others, a simpler life, or a better life. Whatever the “more” may be, rest in Him who loves you too much to leave you the way you are. In fact, every time your cookie crumbles, God is picking up the pieces and remaking you into something far better than you were before.
If you’re seeking an untroubled heart, hold on to this promise: “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:19 (KJV)
Micca Campbell–Helping Women Live Carefree in God’s Care