One of the hardest lessons about learning to trust God is not allowing that trust to be broken just because bad things happen. Time and time again I’ve heard the story, someone leaves an important meeting or job interview or day with the parents or who knows what “in God’s hands” only to get bitterly angry when things don’t go as desired.
“Why didn’t God help me?” Is the cry, “why didn’t God protect me? Make me successful?”
The short answer? God isn’t interested in your happiness. The long answer?
God is interested in giving you good gifts. The problem is that our human definition of what is good isn’t necessarily the same as God’s divine definition. While one person may pray for God’s hand on a business meeting expecting that will mean their presentation goes off without a hitch, God may have different plans. So when the projector doesn’t work and the meeting is stressed and uncomfortable, our human definition of good is challenged. We want God to protect us- but God wants to make us stronger.
Sometimes we get EXACTLY what we pray for- we just can’t recognize it.
We need to let go of the belief that what is good is what is comfortable. We need to stop thinking that pain and discomfort are necessarily bad, and that success in God’s eyes is the same as success in earthly terms. God’s hand of protection sometimes must intervene not to protect us from harm but to protect us from ourselves. Soemtimes God’s infinite wisdom allows us to fail and allows us to suffer for our own good.
The problem with comfort is that it leads to stagnancy, and stagnancy to death.
So God isn’t really interested in our comfort.