God’s Promise

We all go through hard times. Sometimes it seems like it hits us all at once with one thing after another. Life can be tough. But there is good news.

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. {Romans 8:28}

When my daughter is sick, I give her medicine. She can throw the biggest fits about it – she HATES medicine. She kicks, screams, runs away, cries, asks me “why” over and over, tells me I’m mean, and on and on. But I just hug her and tell her she has to take it. If she didn’t, she would never feel better. Her sickness could spread to different parts of her body and in some cases, there could even be death. I give her the medicine because I love her and want the best for her … but of course I can’t make her understand that. She is only 6 years old and all she knows is that I make her take this “yucky” stuff.

I think sometimes that reaction my 6 year old has to medicine, is our reaction to the bad stuff in life. Maybe it’s because our finances seem like there is not a relief in sight, maybe it’s because of a strained relationship, maybe it’s because we have been wrongfully accused, maybe it’s because we feel like we are forever waiting for our future husband, maybe it’s because we can’t find a job. There are millions of hard times we could be going through. But have you ever thought that maybe it’s because God loves us so much, and He sees so much more than we do, and He wants the best for us?

If I gave my 6 year old everything she wanted and just said, “Ok honey, you don’t want to take your medicine? You want to eat 10 bags of candy? You want to cross the street without looking? You want to stay up all night long? You want to watch scary stuff on tv? You don’t want to wear your seatbelt today? Okay.” I know that sounds silly … but maybe that is the way we sound like to God when we ask for things that isn’t what God wants.

I say no to all those silly things because I LOVE Landry. She means the world to me and I want to love her and protect her and I’m her mom and I know what is best for her … God’s love for us is WAY bigger.

What God says YES to is BIG. He wants the best and most amazing life for us. A life that is exceedingly and abundantly bigger than we could ever ask or think. Our minds cannot even comprehend!

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. {Ephesians 3:20}

But then there are times when we don’t listen to God and we do things our own way. Sure we have consequences for our actions. When we try to take control and not let God lead, we end up in situations we wish we weren’t. We start to realize that we should have listened to that still, small voice that told us differently. But there is the good news again … that promise. He promises to turn ALL things for good for those that LOVE Him. He can turn our yucky situations into beautiful ones. I’ve heard my pastor say it’s like a GPS system. We are going along and following God’s path … then we decide we might try to take a “shortcut” and go a different route. We quickly realize that it was a wrong turn and all we do is just check back into the GPS system and they “recalculate” our course to head towards the destination God has for  us.

The next time you think that you are going through a hard time, think about what good might could come from it? What cool way is God gonna turn this around? What can I learn from this bump in life? How can I grow from it? 

Is there a situation in your life where God turned a bad situation into a great one? We would love to hear!! 

Written by Amy Ford

2 thoughts on “God’s Promise

  1. It was devastating to walk through medical treatment with my mom in her fight against breast cancer, and to have the Lord take her home instead of giving us a miracle. Instead, our testimony is of how He loves us even more than she did, and that He provided grace all along the way, as His plans for our maturity included removing our “leaning post”, so that we would come to Him instead. I’m grateful for His self-sacrificing love, that was willing to put us through that hard time in order to bless us, when we thought the worst of Him. I miss her, but this joy and security is worth it. He will NEVER leave me, and He is always with me, in love, in power, in peace.

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