Does God Put You in Trouble to Get You Out of Deeper Trouble?
“Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me.” - Psalm 138:7
There are so many times we think God is against us, and sometimes He is doing work for our own good. He is saving you from the midst of trouble, but sometimes trouble has to come your way to get you out of worse trouble in the end.
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” - Proverbs 3:5-6
So many times, we do not understand what is going on, but if we just put all trust in God, peace will reign with us. It is essential that we trust in Him, as He is working on our behalf, as we are His children.
Other things boggle us down, though. In addition, I must write about this, because great heartache and disappointment come with these things, and one of those things is when we lose a job or a promotion that we so much deserved in a job. These things are things that hit us in the pocketbook. They worry us because of a possibility of not making ends meet. Mostly, it takes away our self-worth, and makes us feel two inches tall.
When you do not get that promotion you so hoped for, most likely you do not understand, and you wonder why. Have you ever considered that maybe God did not want you to have that promotion? Why wouldn’t God want something good for you? How do you know He does not want something good for you? How do you not know that God does not want something even better than good for you? Maybe He has bigger and better plans for you. However, you lose it, and see the glass as half empty instead of half full once again. See, you are in distress. Nothing good ever happens to you. You are upset and just thumbing through the paper, looking to find another job, because this has put you over the edge.
Then there is a position in the paper just staring you in the eyes. This job staring you in the face is the job almost like the promotion that you were hoping for where you work at this time. Only this job in the paper is with another company, making even more money than the promotion would have given you. You then slam the paper down and say, “Yeah, if I was good enough for this job, my own company would have given me that damn promotion,” and you let your pity steal away a plan God had for you. Yes, a bigger and better plan God had for you.
See, many of the times, things do not just stare you in the eyes for no reason. Let us take, for an instance, cancer. Researchers have been working hard to find a cure for cancer. They have been working long and hard for it. However, chances are, folks, the cure for cancer is staring us in the face. Maybe we are looking excessively hard to find that cure for cancer, just like that job in the paper. You flip to a page, and the perfect job is staring you in the face but you pity yourself and say, “Why would they want me?”
Why wouldn’t they want you? Do you not have the confidence in yourself? Do you pity yourself so much that you cannot go check it out? Do you really think your own company is going to give you a promotion when you already had the idea in the back of your mind that you were not going to get that promotion? You believed yourself into not getting that promotion. You believe yourself into not getting that job in the paper, too. You are doomed before you even thought about going to apply for it, because you chose not to go apply for it.
Have you ever heard that story - and it is just a story - about the person who was angry with God over the lottery? “God, I have prayed day in and day out for you to help me win the lottery, and I still have not won a thing.”
Then God answered the person, “Son, when are you going to go buy the ticket? Without a ticket, you cannot win!” Sure, God does not help people out in winning the lottery. It is not even fair that one prays for anything that is competitive, as everybody is praying to win the lottery.
People pray for their football team to win, and the opposition team is praying for their team to win. Conclusion: only one team can win. People get mad at God because their team lost, and somebody had to win. Is that fair to God? No, because no matter which team wins the game, God loses, because somebody did not get his or her prayer answered…case closed.
- Back to the story about the person who prayed to win the lottery:
Then God asked him if he was ever going to buy that ticket, what this means is: God helps those who help themselves. If you are scared to go apply for the job because you are scared of failing and not getting it, you have already failed, because you did not apply for it.
However, what if I apply for it and I do not get the job? Well, what if you applied for it, and you did get the job? You will never know if you do not try. You will never win the lottery if you do not buy a ticket, no matter how hard you pray. You also will not get a job, no matter how hard you pray for it, if you do not apply for it. If you think you are not going to get the job, chances are, you will not. You have to believe you are the best through Christ our Lord. If you apply and do not get it, try another job. Sometimes you have to go through many channels in order to find what God really wants for you.
There was a person who got this job he ever so wanted. He was praising God, and thanking God for this job. He only had that job for two months, and thereafter, the company made some cuts and he was the bottom of the totem pole, so he lost his job. He could not believe it. “Why, God? Why would you get my hopes up for this job, with great benefits, great pay, and everything I ever dreamed of and then take it from me?” He groaned in agony.
He was so upset that he called a girl that he was working with at this company, as they became friends. He needed to talk to someone. She came over to his home, and he was talking how he so much wanted this job, and he had just bought a new car, and now he has no job at all. She felt bad for him, and told him she understood.
“No, you do not understand, because you still have your job with that company,” he said. She said that she did not have her job with that company anymore, because even though he lost his job yesterday, she had lost her job today. She had also prayed to God for a job like this one. She had also spent money on things she should not have spent money on, because she had more money coming in than she ever dreamed. Therefore, she understood where he was coming from.
He could not believe it. Her story was about the same as his. She had the job only a week before he had his job there. Both his and her dreams were shattered, and he actually felt like there was somebody who could understand. They together decided to be each other’s confidant. As they were both seeking other jobs together, they were also falling in love with one another. They did not realize, until many years and many children down the road, that God did not help them get that job because it was their dream job, because God knew that company was going down the tubes. God put them in that job, because He wanted them to lose their jobs together, because He wanted them to assist one another through their pain, and that was how they fell in love.
Sure, the job was everything they both wanted, but God had better plans for them both. His first plan was for them to meet up with one another and find love within one another. Second, he wanted them to seek jobs together and then find the real passion they really needed in their life, the passion of the Lord. They both decided to minister the Lord, as they both became preachers together. Moreover, this plan God had for them both was the furthest from their imagination, but they never found more joy than when they found the Lord and their ministry.
This couple, Rex and Dorothy Sharon, is no longer with us, as age set in, and their work was finished here. Therefore, as you must know, this story happened many decades ago. However, this couple has done wonders with me as I grew up.