Isaiah 63:3 (NKJV) To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.

I must confess today that I often don’t understand why bad things happen. Even so, I believe that God has a purpose for everything He does, or permits to happen. My faith is rooted in the biblical principle that says the Lord is sovereign (Ps. 22:28). He is in absolute control of this universe, the natural and political climate of this earth, and my life and yours. Do you think God is in control of your life? Or do you think you are in control?

When we are in the midst of a trial, it is hard to resist crying out, “God, Why is this happening?” Sometimes we get the answer and sometimes we don’t. What we can be sure of is that nothing happens by accident or coincidence. The Lord really has a purpose for even our most painful experiences. Moreover, we have His promise to “cause all things to work together for good to those who love God” (Rom. 8:28).

Seeing in advance how the Lord will work evil or hurt for our benefit is very difficult, if not impossible. My limited human perspective doesn’t allow me to grasp the Lord’s greater plan. However, I can confirm the truth of this biblical promise because the Father’s good handiwork appears all through my pain, hardship, and loss. I have experienced God turn my mourning into gladness (Read today’s reading from Isaiah) and have seen Him reap bountiful blessings and benefits from my darkest hours. Just take a moment and reflect and see if you realize “God’s got your back”!

As people of God, we must accept that God won’t always make sense to us. Isaiah teaches that His ways and thoughts are higher than our own (Isa. 55:9). He sees the beautifully completed big picture. We can rely on the fact that God is in control, no matter how wildly out of balance our world seems to go. Just wanted to remind someone today “God’s got your back”!

Advancing the Lord’s Love,
Pastor James Baker, Jr.

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