A Balanced Perspective
By Dan Qurollo
Most likely, you have had moments in your life when you questioned if things were truly worth it. To be sure, these moments were probably not moments of great answers to prayer in which God showed Himself to be God. These moments were probably not when the bank account had more than sufficient funds to meet the immediate demands. Nor were these times when God gave you the amazing privilege to lead a soul to Him. These were times when nothing seemed to be going right.
A man by the name of David can truly identify with this reality, and he recorded much of his feelings in the book of Psalms. One of the reasons we love studying Psalms is because of the candor with which the various psalmists wrote. They wrote what we often think. David was appointed by God to be the next king of Israel. This was not the result of some selfish ambition or aspiration of David; this was God’s choosing. But the years leading up to his eventual assuming the throne were anything but favorable. He was forced to flee into the wilderness and live in undesirable locations. He was not granted the privilege of any degree of security, including the place from where his next meal might come. As we read through the book of Psalms, we find many examples of the inward struggles this man faced.
But David balanced these struggles with the reality of who God is and what God does. He wrote, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way” (Psalm 37:23). He acknowledged that every step he took was ordered by God. Therefore, God knew all that he was experiencing, including the internal struggles that perhaps nobody else knew. Contrary to what some have erroneously concluded, God is good. Inasmuch as His actions flow from His nature all that He does is good. James 1:17 reminds us, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” Therefore, we can face challenges with the confidence that God will turn everything into something beneficial for my life (Romans 8:28).
Are you struggling today? Keep a balanced perspective by remembering it’s not your problem; it’s God’s! Serve Him faithfully; His plan is always best.
Dan Qurollo is pastor of Morganton Baptist Church. You can visit them online at www.morgantonbaptist.net, on Facebook or on Youtube.