The neat thing about being within God’s will is that things start lining up. Like when you have a conversation with someone and then God speaks to you through the sermon on Sunday about the same subject. Or when you are struggling with something that you aren’t quite sure how to handle and God puts someone or something in your path to show you what you need to do. I have been fascinated recently with the idea that there is nothing new under the sun(Eccl. 1:9).
Ecclesiastes 3 goes on to talk about there being a time for everything and again mentions in verse 15 “Whatever is has already been, and what will be has been before; and God will call the past to account.“
This, to me, speaks volumes to God’s grace and mercy on our life. It is so easy to get down on yourself and to feel hopeless at times because of the decisions you have made. The knowledge that nothing we are going through will last forever and that season’s come and go gives us confidence that we are never stuck. It also reiterates that if we study His word, we can always find a way to handle anything that we are going through. We can always have hope and we can always repent. “For his anger lasts only a moment, but His favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.”(Psalm 30:5).
Nothing on this earth that we go through can or will last forever and nothing we go through is anything new to God. We can’t shock God and we can’t do anything that will cause Him to love us any less. Yes, there are consequences to our actions but as soon as we repent from our sins and diligently seek His will in our life we are aligning ourselves back into His will for our lives. This is when we start seeing things like I initially talked about. He will start revealing His plan to you and guiding you as long as you continue to seek Him and dwell within His presence. This is why it is so important to be intentionally seeking the Lord in all that we do and testing our actions against His word to see if they align. Allowing sin to creep in gives Satan the tools to sidetrack us back into a seemingly hopeless situation.
So what I want you to know is that no matter how tough the situation, you always have an out and no matter how far outside of God’s will you are, God never stops longing for you. He has favor on your life and wants you to come back to Him. He will welcome you home and give you rest. He will fight your battles. The awesome thing is even when we don’t know what to pray, Jesus intercedes for us. He knows these desires of our hearts and fights for us.
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
Romans 8:26-30 NIV