The husband and I were talking the other day of the spiral we can quickly go down if we start questioning God and asking, “Why would God let these things happen?”
I don’t think it’s a bad thing to pray and ask why, but I think we have to be ready for the answer (and that it may be really no answer at all) but instead a placewhere we rest in the big-ness of God and the fact that we may not understand “why” right now, but He does have a “why” and it will be worth it. Sometimes that’s a hard place to find.
When the husband and I were talking, the thing that came to my mind was the story I wrote about a few days ago of Paul being stoned. His mission was so worth it that he got up from being practically killed and went right back to work. He had met Jesus on the road to Damascus, he had seen the light, and he had quickly realized that the cause of Christ was worth it.
Let’s trust the God of the universe, the God of the Bible, the God of Paul, and the God of all those who have endured suffering without losing faith. Let’s trust that this one true God has one big plan, and though we may not understand our sufferings now, we can take comfort in Him.
16 “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
We know the first part of Luke 2 well: Jesus is born in a manger and the angels visit the shepherds. If we keep reading we meet Simeon, a righteous and devout man, and Anna the prophetess.
They had been waiting on the coming of Jesus, and unlike many people, they didn’t miss it.
Simeon told Mary,
“Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed 35 (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”
And Anna immediately started spreading the word:
38 And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.
Let’s be like Simeon and Anna. Let’s continually look for the works of the Lord around us, let’s give thanks for them, and then let’s tell other people about them.
Journal: Take note of God’s gifts in your life; look for small blessings throughout the day.
Move: Do each group 2-3 times. Rest 1 minute between rounds: