Many times I have wondered what God was doing (or where He was) during the difficult moments of my life. And I have asked questions like
What’s Going on God?
Why is this happening to me?
What are you trying to teach me?
Why do I keep getting the short end of the stick?
I can’t take this anymore. What is going on?
Any of this sound familiar? I have asked these questions and others like it on several occasions. How about you. Have you asked these questions of God? Or ones like them?
Why did this have to happen to me?
What did I do to deserve this?
God is up to something in the difficult moments of our lives. He hasn’t walked away from us or left us alone to wonder what is happening. He is moving in us and preparing us so that He can release us in the future.
I’m sure Joseph had some of these same questions when his brothers threw him in a pit and sold him into slavery. And as he spent years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit I’m sure several times these questions played through his mind. I don’t know about you but I could never seem to get an answer from God when I asked these questions. And this often added to my frustration. I often felt like I had missed what God was trying to accomplish. I discovered over the years that I haven’t missed God many times, and it brought peace to my heart because I realized I hadn’t missed out on God’s plan. I had just misunderstood God’s methods for fulfilling His purpose in me. And I would like to share some of my journey with you.
God has given each of us a purpose to fulfill. One poster my parents had when I was growing up said “I know I’m somebody, ’cause God don’t make no junk.” God doesn’t make mistakes. And God made you and I. Jeremiah 1:5 states
“Before I shaped you in the womb,
I knew all about you.
Before you saw the light of day,
I had holy plans for you: “
God pre-planned and designed each us with a purpose to fulfill. The question we most often have is how is my circumstance helping get me closer to what God has planned for me. Our purpose is uniquely crafted specifically for each one of us, and God lays out a path for us so that we can choose to fulfill our purpose or to walk away from it. God qualifies us all for the purpose He has designed us for. What we do with what God reveals determines whether or not we disqualify ourselves.
There are 4 stages that God brings us through that enable us to live out His purpose for us. And they can be summed up in one statement by John Stott.
“Things happen TO me,
So that things can happen IN me
So that things can happen THROUGH me.”