One Question Changes Everything

What does God want me to know or learn through this situation? 

When Carole, a godly woman in our life group, shared how she often asks herself this question, it was obvious why wisdom follows her wherever she goes. This one question befriended her through the untimely death of her husband a few years ago and a host of everyday situations since.

It’s a simple but profound question grounded in two truths:

  • God wants us to know Him and His ways. (John 17:3) It’s proclaimed throughout scripture and most vividly seen through the death and resurrection of Jesus. Because of Him, we can enjoy a relationship with our heavenly Father.
  • There is purpose in all things. (Romans 8:28) We won’t always understand situations but knowing that God allowed it to sift through His loving hands for our good and for His glory brings unspeakable comfort and peace.

When we ask God the question What would You have me to know or learn through this situation? we are revealing that our feet are firmly planted in truth, our heart is bent towards His, and that our arms are lifted high in praise, confident that our heavenly Father will not only answer but will do so generously. 

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.  James 1:5

Go ahead. Ask—and then wait and watch expectantly! (James 1:6)

For Sale by God

Years ago I heard a pastor say that God could care less where a person lives or what house they decide to buy. 

I disagree. 

Sure, in the grand scheme of things, purchasing a particular home may not seem like much, but:

God is sovereign. 

He alone knows our future. He alone knows if a house will become a home. He alone knows how one family could impact a particular neighborhood or neighbor. He alone knows the details.

The Word says the Lord knows the number of hairs on our head (and the true color! 🙂 
Luke 12:7 Why even the hairs on your head are all numbered. 

If Since He cares enough to count strands of hair why would He not delight in leading the way for us to find a place to live, work, and do life with others to His glory?

I confess this subject is on the forefront of my mind because we’ve decided, Lord willing, to sell our hundred year-old home. I can envision myself and our family in certain places—but above all, we want to hear God well and follow Him closely in this process—confident that He is at work for our good and for His glory. 

Is there some area in your life where you need to rest in God’s sovereignty today? You’re not alone, my friend.

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5

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