How many of us, as Christians, have been in a mess, only to be told God wants to get us out of that mess, because He is a God of order, and not confusion? Or better still, that God don’t bless mess? These two things are tied together by a crucial misunderstanding. Life itself is messy. If you are in the middle of one of the messier portions of Life, God is waiting for you to seek Him. As He always is the rest of the time. He waits for you, to wait on Him. All of creation is waiting for a Christian to manifest Christ, no matter what gets thrown at them. God always wants to bring you out of your troubles, but many times, He waits on you to start walking and responding like Jesus would. A pastor I was listening to once said this: “Prayer may not change things for you, but it sure changes you for things.” But for it to change you, you have to have an open and willing heart. Many people say that they have prayed and prayed, and prayed, and seen no results at all, nothing changed in their situation.. etc.. But when I ask if they were changed during that time, they assure me that they needn’t change, because they’re right where God wants them to be. *cough cough*
What if that’s where God wants you to be, so that He can change you? Just a peculiar notion. None of us will ever “arrive” in our walk of faith. Tis a journey. Until we cross the veil forevermore into eternity, we will continue to grow, so long as we are willing to do so. If we remain unwilling, believing that particular notion that we are where He wants us, then we will stagnate, and we won’t even realize it until we have moved far enough back that we don’t know how it happened.
The same pastor I quoted earlier also said this: “The Bible is a History of answered prayer. Supernatural interventions, by the most unlikely means, and often times at the last possible minute!” And that is often the case, but we also have many times where we must endure the messiness and make our own choices on how to handle it. In searching for the will of God in the mess of life, we have a passage that I have explained in a previous post, entitled If your Eye be Single. The short version, is to take this passage and apply it: Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
So there we go. Life is messy, and sometimes you’re going to have trouble handling it. But there is always a solution, and God wants to see what you’re going to do about it.