Whatever your circumstances, God has you right where He wants you.
Do you believe this?
If you are enduring a situation that you aren’t particularly fond of, then it might be hard for you to accept this.
It definitely is for me sometimes. However, I want to walk you through how I’ve come to see it.
God Wants What Is Best for You
It all begins with love. God’s love for us and our love for Him.
Do you believe God loves you?
I hope so. You should. We are told that God loves us so much that He gave His one and only son for us – for you and me. That’s some pretty intense love by any standard.
Do you love God?
In all truly loving relationships, both parties look out for each other’s best interests.
The Bible plainly tells us that in all things God works for the good of those who love him. (Rom 8:28)
Jesus explains it this way:
“You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.” Matthew 7:9-11 NLT
So, I think we can safely say that God wants what’s best for us because of the loving relationship we have with Him.
So, if God wants what’s best for us is He somehow unable to deliver?
I don’t think so. After all, He’s the sovereign creator of everything. He spoke the universe into existence in seven days – six actually, the seventh was a day of rest.
The Apostle Paul declared all glory be given to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine. (Eph 3:20)
So, I think He’s capable.
What is it then?
Why is it that sometimes we feel that God is ignoring us?
I think God himself clarifies it best:
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9 NLT
God just operates on a entirely higher level. He is more concerned with our eternal well-being than He is with our immediate comfort.
How We Should Respond to All This
I think the best role model we have in how to respond to all this is Mary, the mother of Jesus.
As a young woman, an angel visits her and tells her that she is going to become pregnant.
Mary is disturbed and confused by the angel. She finds it hard to understand how this will happen since she is an unmarried virgin.
I’m sure to her, the situation seemed impossible and frightening.
Despite this, Mary replies as follows:
And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. Luke 1:38 ESV
Put yourself in Mary’s shoes, she just received some pretty crazy news from an angel. I don’t know about you, but I don’t see angels very often. That alone would have freaked me out.
But, Mary says, “let it be to me according to your word.”
Mary surrendered to God’s will for her life. Somehow, she understood that He loved her and wanted what was best for her. She also grasped the fact that His ways are so much higher than ours that maybe it wasn’t her place to even try to understand.
I’ve come to the conclusion that this is exactly how we must learn to respond as well.
We must have faith enough to surrender everything to him. Here’s how C.S. Lewis imagines God’s attitude on this:
Give me all of you!!! I don’t want so much of your time, so much of your talents and money, and so much of your work. I want YOU!!! ALL OF YOU!! I have not come to torment or frustrate the natural man or woman, but to KILL IT! No half measures will do. I don’t want to only prune a branch here and a branch there; rather I want the whole tree out! Hand it over to me, the whole outfit, all of your desires, all of your wants and wishes and dreams. Turn them ALL over to me, give yourself to me and I will make of you a new self—in my image. Give me yourself and in exchange I will give you Myself. My will, shall become your will. My heart, shall become your heart. ~ Mere Christianity
As long as you hold something back from God, you will be frustrated by Him.
He has you right where He wants you.