It ain’t all good… But, it’s all good.

Journey Man There is a new program this fall that I really like. Its called Journey Man. Dan Vasser is a family man who suddenly finds himself in another time and place from where he should be. In each episode there are people he interacts with and through his actions, he changes their lives. He doesn’t know why this is happening; he can’t understand what his purpose is in each of these journeys. He didn’t choose this existence, but he is doing his best to live his destiny while being faithful to his own real life. 

In recent, separate discussions with my dad and sister, I have attempted to explaine my current view of God. I don’t think that the reality of our human circumstance says anything about how he feels toward us. When things go bad, it does not mean He has abandoned us. When things are great, it does not mean that He is pleased with us. God is sovereign. He does with us as it pleases Him in the big picture of His perfect will.   

God has purpose and work happening that we may not know. Our lives are like a bigger version of an episode of Journey Man. There are godly connections at work in each of our lives. I don’t claim to understand anything about all of this. But I believe God is righteous. What is unfair, will be made right and just. I don’t know when; could be in this life, could be in the next, but God is just. If I am living what some would call a charmed life, it is a function of my role in God’s plan and the choices I make in that role. If I am living what would appear to others as a cursed life, it is a function of my role in God’s plan and the choices I make in that role. 

Peterson says in The Message, “But doom to you who fight your Maker— you’re a pot at odds with the potter! Does clay talk back to the potter: ‘What are you doing? What clumsy fingers!” (Isaiah 45:9). Its God’s right to do with us as it suits Him. It doesn’t mean He stopped caring for us when He doesn’t answer our prayers according to our wishes. The list of people who faithfully followed God and served him while struggling and enduring difficult times is long. If He adds your name to that list, it is an honor. It may mean questions that must go unanswered and a burning anguish of heart that seldom finds relief.  

Brennan Manning says in Ruthless Trust, “…trust is the preeminent expression of love. Thus, it may mean more to Jesus when we say, ‘I trust you,’ than when we say, ‘I love you.” These days I am trying to live faithfully in the shadow of God’s will. I don’t have to have everything I’ve ever dreamed of or hoped for, but the scriptures still say, “Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart” (I Psalm 37:4). I declare here and now, I delight in the Lord. I love righteousness and the nobility of the heart that seeks to please God regardless of circumstances. So even when it ain’t all good…. It’s all good! 

telemicus out

3 Responses to It ain’t all good… But, it’s all good.

  1. J Neve says:

    Challenging. I have recently gained (new for me, “the slow guy”) additional insight to your final reference. When the psalmist declared He would give us the desires of our hearts, he meant God would place righteous desires in our hearts; not grant us all the things we are presently desiring. That would be counter-productive, even silly. Duh. So I pray for God to align my will with His; to place His desires in my heart; to remove the sinful desires from my heart, etc.
    I like your post; it scares me, though. None of us wants to suffer; even Christ begged for another way. But he endured, to glorify God. How often we forget that suffering righteously glories God. I know I don’t want to remember that. I generally just want freedom, comfort, ease, pampering, coddleing, nurturing, placating, luxury, gratuitous mercy, benevolent tolerance, yadda, yadda. And now I have carried on far too long. God bless you, Mike.

  2. Doug says:

    I agree with your statement, (paraphrase) “our circumstances don’t have anything to do with how God feels about us”. This “doctrine” is amazing when the freedom from guilt sets in. I still struggle with wanting to arrive in heaven with something to show for my life, some effort that helped me earn some small portion of my reward.

  3. Rick L says:

    How timely that when you wrote this you had no idea that I had lost my job and was having some of those feelings of what had I done wrong, was I being punished by God. Then I spent some time in prayer, spoke with some other believers and was reminded as you stated here we are just a part of his overall plan and it’s not always for us to understand his purposes. We just need to remember that he will not forsake us or leave us in our times of need.

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