Have you ever wondered where God is in those moments when your life seems to be crumbling under your feet? We praise God in the “good times,” but those “bad times,” we wonder where God was or why He allowed that “bad” thing to happen? Let’s turn to Scripture and see what it says. In Ecclesiastes 7:13-14 we read these words – Consider what God has done: Who can straighten out what he has made crooked? When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future.
In Ecclesiastes 1:15 we see this “crooked” theme again – What is crooked cannot be straightened, what is lacking cannot be counted.
In the passages above, the writer of Ecclesiastes is talking about our life under God. These passages are reminding us that we are not really in control. God is in control, and the “twistedness” of our experiences in life are not simply fate but rather they are God-ordained. This does not mean that every good thing or bad thing that happens is initiated by God, but it does mean that God can (and does) use both the good and the bad for His purposes. These never ending fluctuating seasons in our life help keep us dependent upon God. These passages stress God’s sovereign control over His creation. We will experience both good times and bad times. Our journey through life will be filled with crookedness; you know, one minute you are on top of the world, and the next, you are flat on your back wondering what just happened. In John 16:33 Jesus warns us that we will find trouble – “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Part of our life of faith is accepting both the good times and bad times without being able to explain how everything will work out in the future. But we can trust that God does know the rest of the story. We are told so in Roman 8:28 – And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
And as hard as it is sometimes, especially when the weight of the world is really pressing in on you, here is your road map for finding peace – Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thess 5:18)
So today, in the midst of the twistedness of life’s rhythms, take time to rejoice, pray, and give thanks!
New Bern, North Carolina