Here are four simple ways that show God always knows what’s best for you.
He sees the Unseen
God is omniscient. He sees what is ahead in time and space. Imagine you’re driving down a mountain road and you don’t know that a huge bolder had just rolled off the mountain and it took the bridge out that’s hidden around a bend. Suddenly, as you’re driving down the mountain, you get a flat tire. Oh no! Not that! But wait, this turns out for your good because by the time you get your spare on, the highway department has put up a warning sign that the bridge is out. What you thought was bad, turned out to be for your good and in fact, it saved your life. God knew that bridge was out; you didn’t. He sees what we do not. His ways are always best. Praise Him in the storm.
The Benefits of Suffering
We know that whatever happens to us always works out for our best because we are called by God and love Him (Rom 8:28) but God never promises that all things will be good. The promise is that it will work out for our best; the good, the bad, and the ugly. I’ve been in all three! The fact is that when we suffer, “we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too” (2nd Cor 1:5). Paul explains the benefit of suffering by writing, “if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory” (Rom 8:17). Paul said “I want to know Christ–yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death” (Phil 3:10). If you want to know Christ you must suffer like Christ for none can be Christ-like until they suffer like Christ (not to the same extent of course).
Wrong way Jonah
God saw the need to send Jonah the Prophet to Nineveh because God never desires that any should be lost but that they should repent (2nd Pet 3:9) but Jonah resisted this call because Nineveh was a powerful city-state that was one of Israel’s greatest enemies. I think it would be like trying to bring the gospel to terrorists who are bent on your nation’s destruction. Jonah ran away but there is nowhere to run from God! Any direction away from God’s path is the wrong way and if He is calling you into some ministry, He will pursue you and reveal that to you and direct you to the open door He has provided, even if that means he wants you to witness to a family member, co-worker or friend who is hostile to Christianity; a Nineveh of sorts.
He knows the Future
God knows the future so well it’s like He’s already been there. God foreknew you and me before we existed (Eph 1) and I would think we believe that’s best for us. God knew that Joseph’s brothers would try to kill him and threw him into a deep pit to die but Benjamin convinced them to sell him to traders on their way to Egypt. At least they’d get something out of that so Joseph was sold into slavery and later falsely accused and thrown into prison but later came to be second in rank, only under the Pharaoh himself. What Joseph’s brothers meant for evil, God intended it for good and by Joseph’s interpreting Pharaoh’s dream he kept huge reserves of grain that saved much of the region from starving to death as Joseph says “God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today” (Gen 50:20). God used the evil works done by wicked men at the cross to serve His purpose and to fulfill His redemptive plan for those who would repent and believe.
So much of what God does is unseen by human eyes. God is not restricted by time and space like we are. That means we can trust a God that sees the bridge out around the blind corner and will work those things out for our ultimate best (Rom 8:28) and since even a pagan “king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord [and] he turns it wherever he will” then I think He can handle our future. We can trust Him; therefore God always knows what best for us.
May God richly bless you,
Pastor Jack Wellman
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