Beyond Sunday: Plan B-Unanswered Questions

Kay Roberts —  November 2, 2011 — Leave a comment

… by Jeff Sanford

In his message on Sunday, Greg presented the story of Job, a man whom God blessed
beyond measure early in life but who later experienced a season of life where
everything fell apart.  And when Job’s life fell apart, he eventually lost hope and began to question God and expect
answers for his seemingly miserable existence. But God responded to Job’s questioning with exactly what he needed
most…perspective.  God provided Job with a quick systematic theology lesson, reminded Job that He is God, and that as God, He is not obligated to answer Job’s line of questioning.  Not an easy truth to swallow when your life
is crumbling before your very eyes.

 

So what do we do when our hopes and dreams have been shaken, when life seems to
have fallen apart, when our plans seem to have unraveled, and when all we are
left with is a bunch of unanswered questions.  In his book Sun Stand Still,
Steven Furtick explains that, “The glory of God often shines the brightest when
the sun goes down, and we keep our eyes on Jesus anyway…The darker it gets in
your situation, the brighter God in his goodness and grace can shine through
you for the world to see.”

 

For God’s goodness and grace to shine through in our situations, we must be willing
to abandon the dreams we’ve held onto, spend time earnestly seeking what God
wants for us, and obey the instruction that God reveals to us.  We must trust that God is good and that each
small step of obedience will ultimately lead us on a path toward what is best
for us.  We must hold tight to the fact that God is greater than any adversity we face along the way and that His plans will never be frustrated.  And we must recognize our fears and weaknesses and place our confidence in the power and grace of God to sustain us…“for I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in
hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties.
For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

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