God knows

Remember this and stand firm, recall it to mind, you transgressors, remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose, calling a bird of prey from the east, the man of my counsel from a far country. I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass; I have purposed, and I will do it.“  Isa 46:8-11.

In 1977, I gave my life to Christ.  I was going through a very difficult time.  I was not happy with my life.  I knew what was right, but I chose not to do it.  When I joined the Air Force, I had become friends with some men who both drank and smoked marijuana, which then got me started, simply so I could fit in.  I had no other friends, and my time in school from elementary through high school convinced me that close friendships were for others, but not me.  I did some really stupid things which could have ended with  a dishonorable discharge.  Things were going downhill quickly.  At my lowest point I found myself in my room alone and I began thinking about God.  I did not necessarily believe, but as I was sitting in my chair I began thinking about what I had been taught as a child.  None of it seemed real, however, I had nothing else.  So I prayed.   “God, if you are real, you will have to show me, because right now I am not so sure.”  And He showed me: that night, at that moment.  Joy filled my very being which is something I can assure you I had never experienced in my whole life.  My life changed right then and there and I have not looked back.

I could tell you story after story of what God did to prove He was real.  It blows my mind when I look back on all He has done.   However, what I want to say is that God knew what I would do long before I was born.  This is very important for us to understand.  He is all knowing and does not react to anything we do or experience because reacting to something entails a level of surprise.  Moreover, because He knows all we have done, are currently doing and ever will do, He never needs to alter His plans for us.  He knows what we will ask of Him long before we get around to asking, and His answer is always based on providing what is best for us.  If He says yes, it is because He knows this is the best answer.  If He says no, it is because this is not what is best, and could ultimately be detrimental.  We need to think this way because we really have no idea what is best.  However, God who knows the end from the beginning and has infinite knowledge and love knows what is best and we should trust Him over our own limited and biased ideas of what is for our good.

Another thing that is important to remember is that often hard times are what God sees as best for us.  These are moments where we learn to trust Him and follow closely as He brings us through the trials.  These times cause us to rely on Him rather than ourselves.  However, these tough times for us could be what God sees as best for another.  Sometimes seeing how we come through difficult situations with peace and total trust in God will encourage them through their times of struggle.  Maybe, God is preparing us to understand and help others through their trials.  “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.  For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.” 2 Cor 1:3-5.   What a beautiful passage.  He comforts us in our afflictions so we may join Him in comforting others.

Why did I go through a childhood of incessant bullying and humiliation?  Why did God wait to reveal Himself to me until after I had gone through so much pain?  Because He knew it would be the best for me, and others I would come into contact with.  I know what it is like to be ostracized by kids and adults because they thought I was too strange.    I know what it is to struggle with my belief in God leading me to a sinful and ungodly lifestyle.  And I also know how God will reach out at the perfect time to reveal Himself to those whose heart is broken and ready for healing.  God has led me to so many who have or are experiencing the same things I have.  And He has shown me how to comfort them in their pain.  And God may be doing the same work in you as well.  Trust Him to not only bring you through, but to also prepare you for times where you will be able to bring encouragement and solace to another who is hurting in the same way.

In closing, remember Rom 8:28 which is one of my absolute favorite verses in scripture.  “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.“  God knows what we are going through, and knew from the beginning.  No surprise to Him.  We must remember that no matter what we, as Christians, go through, it will work out for good because our loving Heavenly Father guarantees it.  Trust Him, He has never let us down in the past or present, and will never disappoint us from now throughout eternity.

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