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How great is our Lord! His power is absolute!
His understanding is beyond comprehension!
- Psalm 147:5 NLT
Several years ago there was an image trending on social media. It was a colored sketch of a young girl standing in front of Jesus holding a small teddy bear. Jesus’ hand was outstretched asking the girl to give Him her teddy bear. The artist’s powerful image conveyed a sense of sadness and apprehension from the girl at the idea of giving her teddy bear to Jesus. But what the young girl did not see, was Jesus’ other hand behind His back holding a much bigger and better bear.
Being fresh into 2020, many of us are working towards achieving all the goals we just set. And with that, comes wearing hats of many kinds. At some point or another, there will come a time when Jesus asks us to hand over one of our hats.
Now I don’t know about you, but I’ve never found it pleasant when God’s asked me to hand Him my favorite teddy bear. It’s something I enjoyed and loved. It’s a loss I don’t want to part with. I’m that sad, confused, and hurting little girl standing in front of Jesus, asking Him to let me keep my teddy bear. But as always, Jesus knows better.
We can’t begin to comprehend God’s plan for us. God sees the bigger picture and knows what’s best for us better than we do, even when we don’t understand the process or the pain. When I’m struggling to understand the why behind what God allows and asks of me, I find hope in Scripture. John 13:7 says, “Jesus replied, ‘You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.’” and 1 Corinthians 13:12 says, “Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.”
So even though God doesn’t tell me the “why” when I want to know, He promises that one day He will and we’ll have clarity. Just because we can’t see what's behind His back, doesn’t mean it’s not good. I’m not saying that what God promises is something bigger, but the Bible tells us, it is something better (Isaiah 55:9).
If you find yourself struggling to trust God when he asks you to give something up, welcome to the club sister! I do too. Let’s remember that God knows what He’s doing. The entire process is part of His plan. To quote author Jon Bloom, “the most valuable, most satisfying, most beneficial, longest lasting gifts we receive and pass along to others end up coming through the experiences of our losses.”
Trusting God requires faith. Faith requires having a relationship with Jesus. Give yourself grace and keep leaning into Him. He will walk with you through it all and your trust and faith in Him will continue to be strengthened. Here’s to letting our response to loss be ones that honor God and bring Him all the glory.
1. What is something God has asked or is asking you to give up?
2. What has been your response to that loss and how can you grow your trust and faith in God?
Heavenly Father, thank You for always knowing what’s best for me even though I don’t always understand it. Please help me to release my worry and control when I don’t want to give You what You’re asking for. Help me to trust You and dig into Scripture before my emotions can control my attitude and perspective. Let Your truth rule over my life till the end of my days. In Your Sovereign name, Amen.
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