When we get to Heaven, I think I know the very first words or thought that we will have. “You are right God it was the only plan that would have worked”.
There are so many things that believers doubt and unbelievers use to reject God and here are only a few:
- How will those that have never heard the Gospel be saved?
- Why is there evil in the world?
- God why did you not give us a more definitive sign that you exist?
- Why is there suffering?
- Why did my loved one have to die or be killed?
- Why did God create Satan?
This verse is the answer:
Isa55.8For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
We know that as time passes we find out why certain prayers were not answered and as it turns out it is for our own good. So often we see others struggling and recognize when they cannot, that it is because of their own bad choices and not God’s fault…yet we do not see the same for ourselves. God is too often the most expedient scape goat. Here are a few verses to remember when you have questions about trials in your life.
- 1Peter3.14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed.
- Romans5.3 More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
Why does God want or need believers to go through trials?
1Peter1.6 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, 9 obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
How should we see our trials?
James1.2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
God is sovereign and He alone rules the Universe.
Psalm115.3 Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases.
God does as He pleases in Heaven and man does as he pleases (rebellion) on earth, but our eyes are on Heaven and we are only sojourners on earth. We should always keep in mind that the earth will be judged, but for believers:
Romans8.1There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
The perfect plan:
Romans8.28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
When we understand God’s plan, we can trust that it is the perfect plan and our first words and our first thought will be; “You are right God it was the only plan that would have worked”.
Published on Friday, January 16, 2015 @ 4:33 AM CDT