I heard a powerful story last night. The man telling the story spent 5 years in San Quentin. He was sharing his story with a room full of believers..we were all amazed as he told us the details of his life and how God rescued him from a fate none of us would could even imagine having to endure.
Stories of God’s intervention are powerful reminders of God’s character. As we live out our lives..a story is unfolding. No two stories are alike. Our roads are all different. Yet the themes are often so similar. We find ourselves in desperate circumstances and we come to the end of our own ability to deal with life..we are broken. Then God moves. He knows when the time is right and He intervenes.. just like He did for the man in prison. He rescues us..sends people to help us..provides for us..heals us..restores us..renews us.. meet us at our point of need.
This is the way He teaches us about our dependence on Him. If we never felt over our heads, we would never realize that we need Him..He wants to save us over and over again. Trials and tests are part of this process. God allows these things so that we will discover His goodness..so that we will understand the depth of His love for us. Each and every circumstance is designed to bring us to the end of our own resources..to cause us to call out to Him. This is not a picture of an easy life. This is not a description of a road without twists and turns. This is the life that causes us to grow as believers and to become fully His people.
If there were no trials and we did not suffer..God would only be an idea..not a person who can move into each and every situation and bring relief and comfort and answers. He is with us. He loves us. His character is unchanging and He knows our deepest desires and needs. His ways are mysterious but they never fail. Even when we cannot hear or see Him..He never lets us go.
“I am the Lord, there is no other. I create light and make the darkness. I send good times and bad times. I, the Lord am the one who does these things.”