It is hard for us when, at times, our hopes seem to have been dashed, and we appear to be all alone—alone in our confusion, distress and in our mess. God promised to be with us when we go through the waters and fire. He said through the Prophet Isaiah that: “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.” (Isaiah 43:2 KJV).
And yeah! He is true to His promise. We saw Him with Moses and all of Israel through the waters of the Red Sea, and with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the flames of fire. Even David was assured of His presence when he went through the valley of the shadow of death (Psalm 23:4).
But one would ask why He forsook Christ on the cross at the height of his pain and anguish. “Why me?” is the most thinkable and likely question we would ask in such times of great despair. Jesus felt alone on the cross, as it is with us some times when we feel God has forsaken us, and seemed distant from us.
Why does He look on as we go through those?
There are times for the greater glory, and for the sake of the greater blessing, He has to make us endure hardness. He leaves us to go through the pain, the confusion, the anguish and distress to fulfill His ultimate purpose of glorifying us—of making us fit to handle greater blessings. That’s who He is! For the greater cause, He allows the lesser to have its way.
God’s plans are wonderful, and we can’t fathom the depth of His knowledge and understanding. The Apostle Paul wrote, “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?” (Romans 11:33-34 KJV).
We may not understand His ways, but we must trust Him, in full assurance of a greater blessing even in our pain, and those difficult moments, as Christ did. Jesus after questioning why he had been forsaken didn’t leave it there. He moved on to trust Him enough to give Him his spirit for preservation when he said: “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit” (Luke 23:46 KJV). Once, Job said in his affliction: “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him” (Job 13:15 KJV).
It is only Him who can fill the gap between our expectations, and our disappointments in those hard times when we feel dejected. Only God can fill those gaps between our understanding of uncertainty, truth and reality from eternal perspective. Truly, His ways are not our ways, neither are His thoughts our thought. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9 KJV).
We must learn to trust Him, even in times of our great disappointments, knowing that He has allowed them for a greater cause. Yeah! That He’s allowed whatever thing it is, for a greater blessing which would be made manifest in the process of time, as and when it pleases Him to reveal to us.
Stay blessed, Beloved of God!