If you are reading this God allows you to live. You are breathing the air that God has given you to breathe. Where you are at this exact moment in your life is not an accident. God does not have accidents. God does not make mistakes.
God causes the sun to come up in the morning to light your way and heat the day. He sends rain to water the earth so the plants grow. Does He do these things because you deserve them? Does He give food to only those that love and acknowledge Him? I have spent a large portion of my life living for me. Yet, I always had food to eat. I always had enough money to get by. No matter where my heart was at, I have always been blessed by the creator.
We are all incredibly blessed! But you may say, “Jason, you don’t know my life. You don’t know what I have had to endure.” If you thought those thoughts you are right. I don’t know what your childhood was like. I don’t know the many ways you have been mistreated in your life. But there is one that has seen it all. He understands your pain and your suffering. Again you may say, “But why did He allow those things to happen to me? How can a loving God sit back and do nothing while I suffer?” I would answer that question with another. “Didn’t God allow His own Son to suffer terribly and be tortured and killed? Does that mean He didn’t love Him?” Of course not. God had a plan and a purpose for His suffering.
God has a reason and a purpose for everything. We can’t begin to understand His ways because they are so much higher than ours. We can only understand to the point our understanding has been given. Sometimes as a parent I have to make rules for my children to follow. No matter how much I try to explain something to them, they often don’t understand why I do what I do. But in every decision I make for them, it is for their good. Sometimes they complain. Sometimes they get angry. Sometimes they argue. Isn’t that what we do with God? If we don’t understand why things happen we can get frustrated and angry with Him.
As a child matures they become an adult. When they become an adult they will see from an adult’s perspective. They will understand why their parents did what they did. They will understand their parents didn’t want to cause them grief or pain. They will know their parents did what they did out of love.
The day is coming when followers of Jesus Christ will see like God sees. There will be a day when we understand why God did what He did. Until that day when we fully understand we are just told to “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10) We don’t have to have all the answers. We are just told to have faith and trust Him.
Every morning the sun comes up thank God for the gift. When He opens the skies and causes rain to fall thank Him for His love. Our lives are filled with blessings. God’s presence is all around us. How do we sometimes fail to see how amazing God is?
Have you ever wondered why God made the seasons? God didn’t just randomly decide anything in creation. The seasons represent our life as believers. In the spring everything is young and fresh and flowers begin to sprout. The summer time brings great growth and flowers begin changing to fruit. The fall represents a mature plant. The fruit is ready for harvest and the leaves on the trees turn beautiful shades of red and gold. Winter represents death. The days are dark and gloomy and things quit growing. But something beautiful and amazing happens after winter. Grass begins to sprout. Trees begin to bud. As much as most people hate winter, without winter we can’t have spring. Without death we can’t have life.
Slow down. Stop. Listen. Do you see that? It is God speaking to you through His creation. Do you hear that? It is God speaking to you through His people. Do you feel that? It is God speaking to you through your heart. God is a jealous God. He wants your attention. He wants your devotion. He designed you. He made you. He chose you. He has given you so much. How can we not give Him the little we have? What do we have that the creator God could possibly want? He wants our heart.
Slow down. Stop. Listen. God is speaking to you. Will you resond? Will you give Him your heart?