Fresh Hope – 13th April 2018

Recently someone close to me experienced some terribly unfair circumstances. As I watched the events play out, I was both frustrated and heart-sore for this person – it was so unfair, unjust, and frankly impossible to understand why God would allow something like this to happen when it just wasn’t right!

From a young age we learn that it is not fair to steal, to cheat, or mistreat any one, so our world can be torn in two when someone or circumstance robs from us, that which is rightfully ours – it may be someone taking our money, being robbed of our health, circumstances sabotaging our plans and devastating our dreams, a person stealing an opportunity, or undermining our hard work and reputation. So where is God when life seems unfair? How do we navigate our emotions through the depths of disappointment?

Reality is that God works all things together for good (Romans 8:28). If things aren’t good yet, God hasn’t finished working. Nothing is too far out of His ability to re-orchestrate. Nothing is too messy for him to involve himself with. Nothing is too broken for Him to make beautiful.

And nothing slips past Him. That thing that slipped through your fingers has been caught by His! Realise and remember that God sees it all! 2 Chronicles 16:9 says, ‘For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him’.

When you feel like God hasn’t protected you or come through for you, you can feel like you want to shut the door on Him, but have a heart that is instead totally surrendered. Exodus 14:14 says, ‘The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still’. Stillness implies surrender. When you have surrended to the nature of God, and finally trust that he will fight on your behalf, your soul is still and at peace. Let God fight on your behalf for justice. He may not be working according to your expectation and timing, but He is definitely working!

Philippians 1:6 ‘…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.’

Emma Burchell

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