When your life takes a turn for the worst, it’s difficult to rest assured God’s in control. Typically when our life is falling apart, our circumstances crumble fast. We have no time to prepare. We’re just left with the broken pieces.
Lately my life has been a mess. Anything once secure has been shaken and shattered. All my effort building walls for a life of stability has felt like it’s been left shattered. Recently I was in a desperate place, backed up against a wall and I had to make some big decisions. God answered my pleas for help and rescued me from a place where it felt like there was no way out. Even though God delivered me, He led me onto a path now drenched in uncertainty. I’ve held onto the truth that God is faithful and will provide, but negative thoughts tug away at my mind causing me to question God’s purpose. Why here? What now? Why this?
2 Corinthians 1:8-10
We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead. And he did rescue us from mortal danger, and he will rescue us again. We have placed our confidence in him, and he will continue to rescue us.
When your life crumbles to the ground and you’re left with the broken pieces, you can be left wondering how it can possibly be used for good. When others seem to prosper and you’re left in the dust it feels like God’s forgotten you. Perhaps when things feel like they’re falling apart and all you can see is destruction and uncertainty, maybe it is in fact God allowing things to fall perfectly into place. I have come to discover that when my life feels most out of control, it’s providing me with the highest opportunity to run to God and seek His help. This requires me to go to Him with a deeper trust and reliance to help me out of my mess and lead me in the right direction.
Maybe your life feels like it’s falling apart, leaving you with empty hands and a foggy future. Maybe you look at your life and see no direction. No hope. No answer. No sign of deliverance. You question why God led you to this place. A dead end. It feels like God’s left you in this dark place, alone and forgotten. I believe places of uncertainty, hopelessness and waiting are where God desires to place us to strengthen our faith. If our lives consisted of “yes” answers, perfect days and immediate answers, we wouldn’t need to rely on God and grow in our relationship intimately with Him. These places are where we can see God do miraculous things.
If it seems like God is stripping everything good from your life, remember He’s working for your best. If your walls are falling down it might be that your current foundation you’ve been building is not built on something secure. Choose to place your faith in God, allowing Him to be your firm foundation and providing you with a new perspective on your current circumstances. Trust His hand, knowing that the God who has provided for you, led you to this place and loves you, will continue to do so. He hasn’t forgotten you. He’s working through this. There’s purpose for this. He led you to this place and He will provide.
When it feels like what you’ve taken so long to build up in your life comes crashing down, God is in fact allowing to crumble so your faith in Him is strengthened and refocused. He’s using the broken pieces of your life to be built into a stronger foundation for what God plans to do next in your life. Nothing you experience goes to waste, it’s those broken and humbling places that God is intending to strengthen you.
It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built.
We may need to experience destruction of things falling apart in our lives so new and better things can occur. Sometimes God needs to break down our walls first so things can fall into place, preparing us for the amazing things that God has planned for us to do next!