God’s Foresight, Our Hindsight

On Sunday, our little country church canceled morning services because of wintry weather. Rural roads are not soon driveable after hours of sleet and freezing rain. So, my family and I began our day by going back to bed.

Rest turned out to be the theme of the day. After we finally got up and ate a late breakfast, we lay around in our living room, curled up under blankets, and had a family devotional time about Gideon, the ultimate antihero, whose story my kids all know well.

On the faith scale, was Gideon just a normal person, or was he a coward?

Why did he ask for so many signs?

Why was God so patient with him?

How would we have responded to God in Gideon’s situation?

We debated all these questions and concluded by talking about Gideon-like events in our own lives— circumstances which could have only occurred through the power and leading of God, as in the defeat of 120,000 Midianites by Gideon’s valiant 300 (Judges 6-7).

As in Gideon’s case, hindsight makes it easy for my husband and I to recognize such circumstances. I recall times in which God seemed to be slamming doors and closing windows after giving us just a glimpse of something we thought was best for us.

But as Proverbs 16:9 says,

A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.

Years later, we can see how he slowly and carefully guided our steps onto much different roads than we planned—and how much better for us his plans turned out to be.

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.—Ephesians 3:20,21

It was good to share these stories with our children, to encourage them to trust God when life doesn’t make sense, and have faith (trite as it may sound) that all will turn out for the best.

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.—Romans 8:28

What is your favorite of God’s promises? Have you seen him use difficult circumstances for your good? I’d love to hear from you.

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