I don’t know where this message finds you. Perhaps you are in the greatest harvest season of your life. Or maybe you are in the dead center of the perfect storm, with huge waves of challenge crashing over your head. Regardless of your current circumstances, I have some good news: your Father in heaven knows what is best for you.
He chose our heritage for us . . . (Psalm 47:4)
Your heavenly Father has ordained whatsoever shall come to pass in your life. David acknowledged that “All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be” (Psalm 139:16 NIV). If God has ordained a season of sunshine, it is for your best. If He has ordained a season of rain, it is for your best. Unerring wisdom has ordained the best path for you to travel all the way to the Celestial City and unconditional love has promised to get you through.
Charles Spurgeon rightly observed, “Had any other condition been better for you than the one in which you are, divine love would have put you there. You are placed by God in the most suitable circumstances. Be content with such things as you have, since the Lord has ordered all things for your good.”
Do you not find great peace and comfort in knowing that nothing happens to you that doesn’t first pass through His nail-scarred hands? He took those scars for you! You were purchased with His precious blood. He hung on the cross, forsaken by His Father, for you. Knowing that Jesus paid such an unimaginable price for our purchase should convince us that whatever season we find ourselves in, it must be for our best.
Trials must and will befall-
but with humble faith to see.
Love inscribed upon them all;
this is happiness to me.
Experience has taught me that there are some blessings that can only be received on the other side of the storm. Our heavenly Father knows exactly when to send the storms and just how long they should last.
If your sky is blue and the clouds are fleecy today, know this; the next storm is looming just beyond the horizon and will be delivered by your Father who truly knows what is best for each one of us. Don’t waste your time in the storm by focusing on how you will get out of it and when it will be over. Focus on the One who sent it . . . the One who is in the middle of it with you . . . the One who has chosen the best path for you and selected the perfect portion for a pilgrim who is just passing through.
Moses faced hard-hearted Pharaoh. David was dogged by Saul. Job lost his health, wealth, and his family. Jonah spent three days in the belly of a great fish. The apostle Paul had his thorn, which he pleaded with the Lord to take from him . . . but it was not. Whatever you are facing today, your Father knows best.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!