Victory In The Face Of Defeat (Part 6)

Have you had your hopes and dreams for your future shattered by illness or chronic pain?  Has it shaken your faith to the core and made you wonder if God cares, if He loves you or if His plan for your life is the best plan?  Have you ever asked God, “I know You are in charge, so why would You let this happen to me if You really love me?”

Certainly now your life has taken a different direction.  It is nothing like you had planned.  You cannot envision a happy ending, and you long for the days when you were strong, when you felt in control and could see only good things for your future.

Our Heavenly Father only sees good things for your future.  His plan is the only perfect plan, not necessarily the one you had envisioned.  He is working to perfect you and to prepare you for Heaven.  I assure you one day you will understand everything God is doing in your life right now.  There is no doubt in my mind.  You may never understand it while you are here on earth and may never see any benefit from it while you are still alive.  But that is where true faith comes in.  God gave us the example of Job in the Bible so we could get a glimpse of what happens in the spiritual realm.  He wants us to be willing to say, as Job did, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him” (Job 13:15).

What do you think the angels in Heaven are thinking when they see us worrying about our future?  Could it be almost insulting to them?  Do you think they are asking each other, “Why is that Christian worried about what God will do?  Don’t they know that He will only do His best for them?  It’s almost like they don’t think He loves them.  Don’t they know He will be true to the Word He has given them?”

I will leave you today with a verse of encouragement.  Deuteronomy 31:6 says, “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, He it is that doth go with thee; He will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”


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