Have you ever had a week where literally everything went wrong? I had one of those last week:
- I had issues with my computer while attempting to meet a super tight deadline.
- Various appliances in my house stopped working unexpectedly.
- My husband needed to stay at his office late, which derailed some evening plans.
- Some of my Amazon packages got lost in transit.
I could go on and on. But I suspect that I’m not alone. Isn’t it interesting that when one thing goes wrong, it often leads to a cascade of other issues, culminating into a week that feels like it was an utter chaotic mess.
In the midst of my messy week, I was reminded of God’s sovereignty.
God will allow five things to go wrong in your life so that perhaps one great thing can come to fruition, according to His plan. He is always present, guiding you through His Spirit, but our eyes are so often fixated on all the messy wrongs surrounding us that we often lose sight of His sovereignty in the minor details of our life.
Consider the story of Mary and Martha, who walked, talked, and learned from Jesus directly. Scripture tells us that Jesus loved this family dearly. When He had heard that Lazarus was sick, rather than rushing back to Bethany to heal Lazarus, He chose to stay two extra days in Bethabara beyond the Jordan. Four days after Lazarus had died, Jesus returned to Bethany to offer something even more remarkable:
He rose Lazarus from the dead.
Imagine the disappointment of Martha and Mary when Jesus did not return to heal him. Imagine what they must have been thinking. Yet Jesus performed an even greater miracle according to his timing and purpose.
Whatever disappointment you’re facing this week, know that it’s part of the journey. This is leading you to what God has elegantly designed and planned for your life.
Believe in Him and His sovereignty.
Don’t get lost in the circumstances surrounding you. Pray for wisdom, patience, and understanding through His Word. I pray that you would rest in that truth and turn your eyes from the minutia of all the wrongs that fill a week and focus on the path ahead.
Promotions Director, STAR 99.1
Thank You 😊 need to hear this message 😊. Have a Nice Blessed Weekend . Sincerely Robert
Thank you, Robert! I love when God uses us to speak to one another. Hope you’ve had a blessed weekend. 🙂
Oh boy did this hit home my daughter has been going through a lot recently separating from her husband having two small children 4 and 3 we just purchased a “ new to me “ car for her and it’s a lemon 🍋 so I pray the man we got it from will do something anything but with my beliefs in the lord I know everything will turn out ok . Every Jan 1st I make a “ gratitude “ jar and all year long
I write positive notes and add them on Jan 1 we read them moral is everyone remembers the bad but not the good . Thank you
Wow, Toni! That’s a great idea. I’m inspired by you to do the same. Thank you so much for sharing.
Romans 8:28 is a very important verse to remember. Whatever is happening & whatever the earthly reason, GOD generally does not cause the bad things but He allows them because He knows He can & will use it for our ultimate good, either in this life or in eternity.
Our trials are like manure: dirty, stinky & undesirable but useful in the hands of the Divine Gardener for producing good fruit.
Did you discover the good thing God had in His plan when he allowed 4 negative & stressful things to occur? Was your insight into the LORD’S sovereignty & His plan for your good that turned out to be the reason? Or did you discover something else, as in an event?
Hi Arlene! Thank you for sharing such an important part of scripture. So perfect. I did discover a couple of good things through the negative things that occurred but I know that there are so many layers to how God operates. There may be some things I don’t see now and might see later and possibly never but I trust Him and His reasons for allowing certain things to happen for our good and His glory. 🙂
Thank you so much for reminding me of this. It’s been a rough week. My husband who has lung and prostate cancer had to have some tests and the same day I had to take him to the ER. Nothing has been resolved, and I just feel like everything is getting worse. I’m trying to work and also take care of my 93 year old father, who thank God is in good health, but I feel overwhelmed at times. I have to remind myself that God has it all in his hands, and He will take care of everything for the good.
Marilyn… I am so sorry that you’re going through this. It’s a lot. Please know that I, along with our team at STAR 99.1, am praying for you. Praying that God will intervene in your circumstance and bring you strength, peace, and wisdom beyond your understanding. We will also pray for your husband’s healing and wisdom for the doctors.