God's ways

This morning, I am remembering a very good friend, brother and a pastor who served God very well in spirit and in truth. Though I don’t have his permission to tell his story but I have to so that as Christians we can learn one or two lessons of dealing with personal tragedy and all to the glory of God.
Few months ago, my friend lost his 17 year old son who was about to enter the university during an valedictory  excursion organized by his school after their school cert exams. On hearing the news, I was saddened and downcast; on my way to my friend’s to offer my condolence, I was asking God, why this boy? Why at this age? Why did you allow this tragedy to happen to your servant who served and is still serving you so well? And many more questions but I got no response. Of course the Lord giveth and He taketh at His own time. I thought of his wife, what will be her emotional frame of mind?  I was expecting to meet them still devastated and in mourning mode but when I got to their house what I saw surprised me that I was lost of words; all I could murmur was thank you Lord, thank you Jesus, and other words of thanks and appreciation to the Lord for this wonderful family.
I met them in jovial mood, preparing for work; it was as if nothing happened. This was just God at work. In fact, my friend told me that, he was in church 2 days after this unfortunate incident to preach. To his church members and other Christians and non-Christians alike, it seems that my friend’s prayers weren’t answered. My friend loved God and followed Him with all his heart, yet he suffered an inexplicable tragedy that was entirely too much for him to bear.
When I looked at what my friend passed through, I discovered that

God will always give you more than you can personally bear on your own, but it will never be more than He can bear. This way, we can learn that our strength is found in Jesus Christ and not in ourselves. It will never be too much to bear for those who lean on Jesus for comfort and strength as He will help them make it through every situation in life. This is what is meant when we say that He’ll provide a way of escape; even in the midst of heartache, Jesus provides a way of escape from all the hurting. We can escape into His arms and experience the joy of the Lord, even when all hope seems lost. Everything will always work out for those who embrace God’s will. All we have to do is take His hand and have the humility necessary to follow Him. Period!!!
My friend and his wife, instead of hurting, release their pain to God and to be comforted by Him, they were able to find a place of healing.
I am sure that they were grateful  for the time, care, love and money spent with and on their son, and they learned to stop being angry for the their loss. Without the Lord, they never could have made it through. They gave their matter to God and He lifted their heart up even in the midst of their suffering. If God can do that for them and heal their heart, then what can’t Jesus do?”
Our Lord Jesus will bless everyone who follows Him, but just because He’ll bless us doesn’t mean that the path to that blessing will be easy, so we should not be afraid of trials. The Lord will teach us and add to us through our trials. While something very significant can be taken from us, God will always work circumstances together for healing and for our good. I can personally testify to this as some of you know my story and how God work my circumstances together for good.
In fact the Scriptures tell us that  *indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful* (James 5:11).
Also that, *and my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus* (Philippians 4:19).
While our current trials may feel like a curse, the Lord allows them for our future blessings. The blessing to be obtained is so much greater than the trial at hand that the Lord would count it worthwhile to allow us to suffer. If this were not the case, then the Lord wouldn’t allow it to happen, but God allows all things and does all things for our own good. Nothing can happen to us unless it passes through His hands first.
If we are submissive to His plan, we will find that the end result is blessing. *The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, and He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the LORD upholds him with His hand. I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread. He is ever merciful, and lends; and his descendants are blessed* (Psalm 37:23–26). Also, *mark the blameless man, and observe the upright; for the future of that man is peace* (Psalm 37:37). So let’s  prepare ourselves to endure.
Let’s lean on God in everything. Let Him be the center of who we are. Let’s surrender to His plan and seek His will with all our heart. When we do all these then It will end in peace for us. So shall it be in Jesus name. Amen.
Good morning and have a glorious Sunday in God’s presence today.
Written By Dr. Adebayo Odunowo

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