(Psalms 141:7-10) As when one plows and breaks up the earth, so shall our bones be scattered at the mouth of Sheol. But my eyes are toward you, O GOD, my Lord; in you I seek refuge; leave me not defenseless! Keep me from the trap that they have laid for me and from the snares of evildoers! Let the wicked fall into their own nets, while I pass by safely.
(1 Peter 1:3-7) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith--more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire--may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
You have been called by God to accomplish certain things in your lifetime and He guards you throughout your life so that you can accomplish those things. In a way, this makes you invincible to any type of harm or destruction that would keep you from accomplishing that which God has set before you. This does not mean, however, that you will not experience difficulties, hardships, or, as Peter states it, be grieved by various trials.
These two principles are perfectly reconciled when you look to God for your marching orders and recognize every circumstance in your life (pleasant or unpleasant) as part of His direction and then alter your plans and activities according to His direction rather than establishing your direction and looking to God to make things happen. There are subtleties in the working out of God's plan for your life that can sometimes cause confusion. For example, when circumstances don't seem to fit with what God has called you to do. Your responsibility is to know that God is in charge and in control of all your circumstances and each circumstance is custom designed by God to help you accomplish your task.
As you experience difficulty and when your circumstances don't seem to fit the direction God has given you, look for what He is trying to accomplish in you through the circumstances and it fits into His overall plan for your life. Know this: God does not make mistakes and circumstances don't happen outside of His sovereign control.
Questions For Discussion
- Do bad things happen to good people?
- Why would God create (or allow) circumstances that make it more difficult for you to accomplish what He has called you to?
- What should you do when your circumstances just don't seem to make sense of fit the direction God has given you.