I read a verse a while ago where the Lord told Israel “I will only ever want good for you”. Of course now I cannot find it underlined anywhere in the 5 different bibles I have laying scattered around…but I know I wrote it down somewhere..
In reading that verse it struck me, that no one has ever run across that before, or, if they did, they ran past it and didn’t pay much attention. At this place in my life, and with so many people struggling with the idea that God is good, I wonder why this particular “word from God” is never mentioned?
I have been reading a lot of the old testament lately, and what stands out to me is that in spite of how unfaithful Israel was to the Lord, he constantly has a voice of justice, of love, and of defense of who they are. He always draws them to life, always challenges them to better, always points them to something in the future. On this side of things, we know that one of those “better” things was Jesus, the One that would forever change our fear of what God thinks of us.
When things are going well for us in life, it’s easy to say that we are blessed and that we are confident in God’s love for us and that He is good and wants good for us. Yet I am keenly aware it’s not like that for everyone. It hasn’t always been like that for me either. So the challenge in the walk of faith is to hold on to the belief that it’s true, that God actually DOES want good for us — even in spite of hard things.
What about when you lose someone you love, or a family member ends up in the hospital and your world turns upside down scheduling life around their care? What about when you lose your job, your kids make choices that leave you wondering, or the marriage you thought would last forever seems it might not? What about when you feel alone? Or when the dreams you had don’t come to pass, or life hits in a zillion other ways, and you are not in control of the outcome?
Does God still want good for you in that?
I know that for some of us, believing that God can bring good out of hard things seems impossible.
Sometimes life leaves us picking up our crown, dusting it off, and declaring to whoever will listen: I AM NOT DONE YET!
You see, for me, this goes way deeper than the verse everyone tosses around – well meaning, of course: “God is able to use all things for the good of those who love him”. Why? Because in the midst of the struggle and pain of life, its hard to see that there is good to come, that life AFTER the loss or life AFTER the pieces are picked up could ever be better than what we had.
But what if we could hold onto that hope? That the best YOU, the best [whatever your challenge is], the best understanding of how God walks with you through it all, is YET to come? It seems impossible, I know.
Yet I can firmly say I have two living breathing daughters as proof.
Saying the best is yet to come for YOUR life, I believe, is casting hope and trust onto the very arms of Jesus and acknowledge that HE is the better treasure, and that whatever you are going through might not seem like part of “the best” right now….. but that what He sees of your life is beautiful, and in His eyes it will only grow to be even MORE beautiful.