And have mercy on those who doubt. ~Jude 1:22
What a roller coaster ride! Up, down, and all over the place.
Joy, sorrow, satisfaction, grief, illness, and news of improved health, all in the space of a couple of weeks.
Then, it seems that there have been more spiritually challenging conversations with other people this month than I have had for the rest of the year. It can be hard to explain the sovereignty of God to someone who is going through a difficult set of circumstances.
I have experienced some momentary doubts about what God is doing (or if He is doing anything).
The joy has come at times when it seemed like there were a hundred balls coming at me, things seemed really out of control and it looks like one more is coming right for my face. At that moment God is the Divine outfielder calling me off, shouting, “I got it! I got it!”
He hasn’t dropped one yet.
When I am confident of God sometimes it feels like I should be more upset about things than I am. It seems like I get more emotional over a Hallmark movie than over real events. It’s not that I am not sad, or even sometimes, mad, about these things. But then, a reminder about the goodness of God comes to me. “God works all things together for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
Do we believe Him?
A commentary on 1 and 2 Samuel by Ralph Davis taught that we should always look for what God is doing in our circumstances. These can be confusing books if you read them for face value. The deeper value was found in seeing the work that God was doing in and through His people.
He still uses His people to do the work of the Kingdom He has planned for the world today.
In life, in the good, the bad, the hard, the harsh, the fun, the rejoicing, and the weeping, that study has trained me to ask, “What is God doing here?” I don’t always see it immediately.
Just asking myself the question reminds me that He is doing something, and then I remember that all He does is good. Even better than that — it is what is good for me, for my husband, even for my friend, and the sick, the lonely, the lost.
It is a comforting thing to trust in the goodness of the Lord.
Will I ever doubt God again? I know I will. Hopefully, in that moment I will hear Him calling me off again, “I got it! I got it!” And I will trust Him not to drop the next ball because He hasn’t dropped any of the others.
Do you, too, sometimes doubt God? I don’t think He is surprised by it. He left us instructions to “be merciful to those who doubt”. (Jude 1:22)
Next time, will you ask yourself, “What is God doing in this?” and then trust Him to protect you as that Divine Outfielder reminding you that “He’s got it?” (He always does!)
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I love serving Jesus Christ as one who “feeds His sheep”. It is my desire to teach God’s Word diligently, with reverence and awe for the Source of the truths I teach, and with an engaging, and sometimes witty, delivery so that the hearers will not just listen but do what it says.