Grace and peace be unto you.
A Word of Encouragement.
The story is told that the Shunamite’s son died and she went to visit Elisha. She approached him and held his feet and he said to his servant Gehazi, “She is in bitter distress, but the Lord has hidden it from me and has not told me why” (2 Kings 4:27). God reveals information when he wants us to know. Hence, what he has not revealed, he does not want us to know at this time. Scripture says, “Trust in the Lord with all thy heart and lean not to thy own understanding. In all your ways, submit to him and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6).
According to the Bible, Joseph lived in Egypt for at least 15 years before his father Jacob, who lived in Canaan, found out that he was alive. Jacob’s sons had given him Joseph’s coat covered with blood, which led him to believe that he was dead. Jacob loved Joseph very much and grieved deeply for him (Genesis 37-47). It is interesting to note that Jacob had a good relationship with God, yet still, God did not reveal to him that Joseph was alive during those 15 years that he was grieving. I cannot help but wonder why God withheld such pertinent information which would have comforted Jacob to some extent. However, the answer is quite simple, it was not a part of God’s purpose, and he does not act outside of his purpose, “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand” (Proverbs 19:21).
God works through situations to accomplish his purpose therefore he knows what he is doing. Sometimes, we do not know his purpose, therefore we cannot connect the activities or events in our lives in a way that make sense. That is okay, because God did not ask us to understand his ways, he asked us to trust him, “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act” (Psalm 37:5).
If you are at a place in your life where you are trying to understand how God is working or what he is doing. I encourage you to do three things. Firstly, submit your concerns to him. Secondly, ask him to help you focus on the assignment he has given you at the moment. Thirdly, ask yourself this question, how is my attempt to decipher God’s actions beneficial to my spiritual and general development? I propose that the time you spend trying to connect your activities to your divine purpose can be better utilized in prayer, praise, study of God’s Word, or doing good deeds. The reality is that time is a precious commodity that cannot be used after it has passed therefore, we must use it wisely, “Making the best use of the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:16).