"God, why did you do that to me? Why did you take the one I most love? Why did you permit such illness to conquer my life? Why am I sterile while others have children? Why? Why?" These are few of the many questions that many people are struggling to find answers with.
Yet we cannot ask God for answers to these questions without recognizing His purpose and the lack of answers will only frustrate us in the process. It is like looking into a one-way window seeing your own reflection only. The fact remains that we do not know what is happening at the other side. This is the dilemma that many of us go through because we cannot see clearly what is really going on. The lack of answers forces people to become bitter instead of being better. Many end up plainly giving up not wanting to wait for the answer.
Author and Minister Terry Cole Whitaker told the following story from Dan Millman, which demonstrates that we cannot judge things as being good or bad because we do not have access to all the information:
“One day a man bought a stallion, and all of his friends said, “That’s good.” The next day the stallion ran away, and all of his friends said, “That’s bad.” Two weeks later the stallion returned with a herd of mares. His friends said, “That’s good.” The next day his son broke his shoulders when the stallion threw him off. The friends said, “That’s bad.” The next month war broke out. Because the boy was injured, he could not go to war. The friends said, “That’s good.”
The story could go on and on with people judging events as being good or bad when actually all the events are connected and have an impact on each other. Paul summarized this truth briefly in Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (NIV)
We need to know that the “all things” that the Apostle Paul spoke of includes both good and bad. Therefore, we cannot characterize something as good or bad using its effect on us personally. The measurement should be the effect on us as a whole after it has totally accomplished its purpose; aim to be objective when looking at every situation and always be cautious before judging it.
Looking at it closely, we might be mistaken to think bad things might be bad while at the end they may be good. Sounds confusing? The most popular and familiar bible character is Job. Job used God to challenge Satan with Job’s godly character. Satan responded with his own way of testing Job to shame God. Job experienced loss one after another yet he remained faithful. He was not aware until the end where God doubled everything he lost after he passed the multiple testing. Next is Joseph. And if there is someone who experiences this concept working the other way around is Joseph. Read the summary of all the things that have happened to him in Genesis 50:20, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” (NIV)
So you see, never misjudge any circumstances occurring in your life right now as good or bad until the right time. Everything has their proper time of revelation to determine its benefit or harm. The whole purpose of Jesus’ first coming is to fulfill the will of God. He came to suffer for humanity and in doing so, gave us an opportunity to receive peace, healing, deliverance, salvation, forgiveness of sins and most important of all, access to heaven through Him alone. Thus, I would urge you to begin looking at every situation and evaluate their value in your life. I believe they all serve a purpose and let us choose to submit them under God’s purpose. You’ll see, you will never be the same again having this mindset.
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