I attended a worship service yesterday where the young man speaking had two main points in his message: (1) It happens, and (2) If “It” is not good, God is not finished with “It” yet.I think I agree with that, not that my agreement matters. Obviously everything that happens in our lives is not good. Sometimes when “It” happens, it can seem to be very very bad. Romans 8:28 is an incredible promise that God can work everything for our good, but it does not say that everything that happens is good.
Forrest Gump was an amazing movie, in my opinion. As Gump is running across America, someone steps in some dog or animal dropping on the road, and they are complaining, and Gump simply says, “It happens.” Yes “It” does. Bad things happen to good people. Good things happen to bad people. We live in a very messed up world.
When bad things happen in your life, how do you deal with “It”?It is not satisfying to share your heart with someone when life has kicked you good and they simply say, “It happens. So deal with it.” When it happens we ultimately have no choice except to deal with it. But the question is, “How?”
Philippians 4:6-7 is one of my favorite passages. It begins with an admonition to not “be anxious.” Another way to say that is, “Don’t worry about anything.” The reality is “Worrying” will not resolve anything. It is like a rocking chair. It will give you something to do, but it won’t take you anywhere. Nevertheless, if that was all the Bible said, it would be tempting to say, ‘That is worthless advice.” But it gives us an alternative. Instead of worrying we are told to come to a loving heavenly Father and lay our concerns in His hands. Pray about it, Paul says, with specific requests before God, and then trust Him to do what is best.
In fact, the promise of Paul is that we will bring it to God and leave it with Him that He has the competence to do what is for our best good, then God will replace our anxiety with a peace that is b beyond our ability to humanly comprehend. If you are saying, “I did pray about it, but I cannot help but worry.” Then you have not prayed through. Wait before God.
Satan would have us believe that God does not care. But He cares deeply. And He is at work to bring to completion what is for our absolute best good, although what is happening might not seem good. So then indeed if IT is happening in your life, and it is not good, then God isn’t finished. “For we know that all things work together for good” is the promise of Romans 8:28.
“It” happens to all of us. We live in a world marred by sin so that “It’ can be devastating at times. We know that Jesus had to deal with “It”. He cried out from the cross, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” The reality was He was forsaken so that we would not be.
Spurgeon once said something like this, ‘When you can’t see His face, and you can’t trace His hand, TRUST HIS HEART.” When I find myself in the midst of “It” I like to camp out in the Psalms, especially those of David. He faced “It” a lot and He gives us some incredible insights into the heart of God.