September 27, 2012 by Stacy McDonald
He numbers my wanderings—He watches, records, and walks with me. He always has, even though it hasn’t always seemed like it at the time. And He always will. He even remembers the things that He, in His mercy, caused me to forget. He has seen it all. God never sleeps. So many times I thought I suffered alone, feeling like nobody cared—nobody understood. But, He was there – storing and counting my tears.
You number my wanderings;
Put my tears into Your bottle;
Are they not in Your book? – Psalm 56:8
Why is it we’re rarely told that God orchestrates our lives according to His will? Who can find comfort in a god who sits wringing his hands in despair while we suffer—powerless to do anything?
Jeremiah describes God’s power for us in Lamentations chapter 3:
“Who is he who speaks and it comes to pass, when the Lord has not commanded it? Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that woe and well-being proceed?”
Yes, He is in control of our lives…even the painful parts. He knows us intimately—and He knows our suffering the same way. Yet, he allows the “woe and the well-being” to occur in our lives for our good and for His ultimate glory. Coming to terms with that fact is comforting and, for me, reassuring. Though He takes no joy in our affliction, He is in control. And knowing that our pain isn’t wasted provides healing, somehow—knowing that He uses it all for His glory gives our trials purpose and meaning. It even makes it worth it.
“Though He causes grief, yet He will show compassion according to the multitude of His mercies. For He does not afflict willingly, nor grieve the children of men.” – (Lamentations 3:32-33)
If you’re in the midst of a trial right now, remember, the God who commands the storm will calm it in His own time, once its purpose is fulfilled. And He will reach out His hand to save you when you cry out—even if it’s to sustain you through the physical storm, by calming the tempest in your soul.
“All things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
May the God of the universe carry you, heal your hurts, redeem your past, and be glorified in you for many generations to come!
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:11–13)