Notice the way God does things; then fall into line.
Don’t fight the ways of God,
For who can straighten out what He has made crooked?
Enjoy prosperity while you can.
But when hard times strike, realize that both come from God.
That way you will realize that nothing is certain in this life.
I’ve been thinking about this for quite some time now. It challenges my world view. It causes me to wonder about the “gospel” I’ve heard for so long: If we do what God desires, all will be well in this life.
That’s not what this says. It’s telling me I might do all that is right and still hard times will strike. That both, prosperous and hard times, are from Him. It’s saying that life isn’t fair and nothing is certain.
Why hasn’t this been taught??? Why was I told if I do my best, life will work out as it should? God is not about karma, yet we’ve taken that philosophy and have taught it in the church.
God tells us to rejoice in Him even when the times are hard. Keep our eyes fixed on Him. He will bring deliverance.
This is how to deal with God. Praise Him before you are delivered. Praise Him for what is coming. Adore Him for what He is going to do. I do not think there is a sweeter song in God’s ear than the song of one who blesses Him for grace that has not yet been tasted, who blesses Him for answers that have not been received but are sure to come. The praise of past gratitude is sweet, but even sweeter is the praise of full confidence that all will be well.
Though the fig tree may not blossom,
nor the fruit be on the vines;
Though the labor of the olive may fail,
and the fields yield no food;
Though the flock may be cut off from the fold,
and there be no herd in the stalls —
Yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will joy in the God of my salvation.
The Lord is my strength;
He will make my feet like hind’s feet,
And He will make me to walk upon my high places.
Though you have no income to meet your needs and are brought to poverty’s door, nonetheless, bless the Lord. His mighty providence cannot fail so long as one of His children needs to be provided for. Your song, while you are in distress, will be sweet music to God’s ear.
Go in the name of God. Meet your difficulties calmly and fairly. Do not have any plans or tricks, just commit yourself to God. This is the way you may confidently find deliverance. If you can only trust and praise God, you will see marvelous things that will utterly astonish you. ~Charles Haddon Spurgeon:
I will trust and praise the Lord God of the Universe.
I will see marvelous things.
I will be utterly atonished…in Him.