When others behave badly to us, it should only stir us up the more heartily to give thanks unto the Lord, because He is good; and when we ourselves are conscious that we are far from being good, we should only the more reverently bless Him that He is good. We must never tolerate an instant’s unbelief as to the goodness of the Lord; whatever else may be questioned, this is absolutely certain, that Jehovah is good; His dispensations may vary, but His nature is always the same.
(C.H. Spurgeon, as cited in The Nature of God by A.W. Pink, 1999)
This quote comes at a perfect time as I watch an individual who appears to be, whether knowingly or unknowingly, undoing five-years of work into which people have poured their lives and resources.
As I watch events unfolding, I feel dismayed and wonder what is God’s purpose in all of this? At times I sit stunned with little hope. Often I grieve for those who are being hurt the most. And I continue to question what am I suppose to do?
I wish I had the perfect answer about what my response and behavior should look like. I don’t…but I can tell you that God is reminding me:
- To focus on His goodness and power. As humans we will always let one another down. I might not understand why this is happening, but as Spurgeon reminds me even though God’s dispensations may vary, God is always good. Therefore, I need to trust Him no matter the outcome.
- When I point my finger at someone else, there are at least three fingers pointing back at me.
That doesn’t mean that the other person may not be wrong, but I have to look at my own attitude and how I may be contributing to the problem. Am I helping or am I making things worse?
- Last week God led me to Numbers 16 where Korah, a Levite, was questioning Moses and Aaron’s leadership. It is kind of a scary chapter because Korah and his followers ended up destroyed by the wrath of God. What a solemn caution, when I am questioning someone in leadership I need to be careful about my own behavior. Verses one and two read that Korah “became insolent and rose up against Moses.” Korah was rude, arrogant, brazen and showed disrespect for leaders chosen by God. Once again I am reminded when God has put someone in place, for the good or the bad, I need to watch my attitude and behavior. This does not mean that I cannot voice my opinion and my concerns, but I must not be insolent. Koran is an example that an insolent attitude clouds a person’s behavior, motives and judgement, and certainly is not pleasing to God.
- If God has given me a task then as a Christian woman living in this fallen world, I must do the task to God’s glory even though things may seem to be falling apart around me.
- Pray! Pray for the person with whom I may disagree and pray that God will lead, direct, and bless him/her according to His will – not mine (oh, so hard to do)! Pray that my attitude and work will bring glory to God’s name and that I will be open to working on my own faults.
So I give hearty thanks to the Lord, because even in difficult situations I can learn and grow as a person. Most importantly I have hope because I can always depend upon God’s goodness.
What is a Think Through? it is an idiom that conveys the meaning of carefully considering possibilities and outcomes of a situation
Today’s Think Through: What has God taught you about His goodness as you have gone through difficult circumstances?