Why is this happening?
Why am I struggling through this?
I have discovered that many of the ‘why?’ questions I ask God are not answered immediately. His answer comes later. In some cases, many years later.
I have learned to recognize God’s movement in many of my why’s. God is a huge planner. He is the master orchestrator of the past, present and future for all of his children.
Why am I going through a tough time today? Often I realize much later that the first tough experience trained me for an even tougher trial that was coming my way. I learned lessons in the first struggle which helped me be more successful in navigating the next difficult situation in my life.
God prepared me.
As I read God’s Word, I see God’s preparation as a consistent thread in his epic love story. In the book of Esther, Queen Esther was faced with a life-threatening situation when her people, the Jews, are being seriously threatened and Mordecai gave her this challenge, “And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a times as this.” Esther 4:14. Wisely, Esther responded to the challenge by asking Mordecai to gather together all the Jews of Susa to fast with her for 3 days as she prepared for her audience with the king. She was going to reveal the fact that she was a Jew and ask the king to save her people. At that time in history, you were putting your life in danger by going to the king when he had not invited you. If the king didn’t want to see her, he could have her killed.
As the story unfolds, we see that over those 3 days of fasting God helped Esther develop a strategy for delivering her message. She set the stage first so that the king was ready to grant her plea for mercy for her and her people.
I know it’s a big part of why God let’s difficult things happen in my life – and your’s. Each step of the way, God guides us and teaches us what we will need to know for the next trial in our lives, training us so we are ready to complete the purpose he has for us here.
Thank you for preparing us and walking beside us, Abba Father