In the last week I had conversations with 3 different friends about whether they wished they knew then what they know now. In one case, a person gave up a solid career for what felt like a calling to the ministry. The ministry went sour for several reasons, none seemingly his fault. Despite strong efforts, no new ministry on the horizon. Another had 5 job offers. He chose one, turned the others down and waited for the new job to begin. Just prior to the job beginning, the company went belly up. The other four positions were gone or didn’t want him if they were his “second” choice. The third friend moved across country to a dream job. Within short order, it was clear that the job wasn’t going to be as advertised.
Counseling offices everywhere are full of individuals asking God for the answer to their why questions. Why did you let me go down the wrong path? Why didn’t you protect me? Why didn’t you bless my plans? Why won’t you show me the reasons for this pain (if I could just see how He was going to use this for (my) good, I could handle it).
So, what if you knew the future AND the reasons why.
“I did speak to you, but you didn’t want to hear what I was saying.”
“It has nothing really to do with you, but will be important to others that you will never know.”
“Your dreams are crushed, but being here allows your children to grow spiritually.”
“Until I return and judge the world, I allow sin, pain, and sickness to linger so that some will turn to Christ.”
“It will give me glory and will strengthen your reliance on me for everything.”
How would these help you? Would you want to hear the answers? Would it increase your willingness to die to self?