“When His timing seems questionable, His lack of intervention seems hurtful, and His promises seem doubtful, I get afraid. I get confused. And left alone with these feelings, I can’t help but feel disappointed that God isn’t doing what I assume God should do.”- Lysa TerKeurst
Lysa TerKeurst concludes Chapter 2 of It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way as she describes the consequences of seeking control. In her attempt to usurp God’s sovereignty, she’d arrange our own version of perfection. As a result, she’d rule over her own life as well as everyone in that life. Thus, Lysa confesses, she’d do exactly what Adam and Eve did in the Garden of Eden. She’d have a love affair with her own desires.
So, the very thins we assume promise us a better life are the exact things that eventually kill us. Thus, when we question God’s timing and doubt His promises, it’s dangerous to get alone with our thoughts and assumptions. It leads us to doubt God – and take control to get what we want.
Therefore, our act of disobedience points us to the struggle that occurs when we don’t like God’s plan. Surely we could do this better than God! But, Lysa exhorts, there’s good news. Even when we go to great lengths to thwart God, He still has a good plan – to make something from things shattered to the point of dust.
In conclusion, Ms. TerKeurst encourages us with these words:
“If I want His promises, I have to trust His process. I have to trust that first comes the dust, and then comes the making of something even better with us. God isn’t ever going to forsake you, but He will go to great lengths to remake you.”
Today’s question: What most helps you to refocus when His timing seems questionable? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “The first step toward healing the pain”