“For it was the Lord’s doing...”
Everything that happens to a Christian comes from, or at least it is allowed by God. When God allows anything to happen in our lives, it doesn’t mean that God is not in control, or that He doesn’t have any other option but to grant our wishes. God’s allowance means that He is the one that gives permission to everything that comes our way. When we say everything, we are including not only his manifold blessings, but tests and problems as well.
Furthermore, we are certain that everything works for our good, if we love God. (Romans 8:28). God works through our circumstances to mold us according to his eternal purpose. His purpose is to shape us in the image of his Son Jesus, and to make our faith grow.
Finally, we can affirm that God uses all these events in our lives, to bring glory to his most holy name. One day, in eternity, God will display each one of us before his angels. The entire universe will be amazed when they contemplate God’s finished masterpiece. Everyone will give God the honor and glory, for it was him the one who transformed us.
When adversity knocks on your door, you have two alternatives. You can wail in desperation and ask God why; or you can pray and ask God what’s his purpose through this test. The correct attitude is to remember that God is in control; that he is working for our good; that He wants to use us and that in everything that happens to us He has a lesson that we must learn.
“...and did not ask direction from the Lord.”
In some cultures the concept of “macho man” is widespread. Many of these men are very inconsiderate with their wives and on top of that, they are very jealous. Some of them are very “manly” and strong, and they prove their manliness by physically abusing their spouses.
A macho man is very easy to spot. Apart from the aforementioned characteristics, they have unique traits such as independence from family responsibility; use of profane language; and a total lack of interest for anybody, except themselves of course.
If a macho or “Rambo” man wants to drink, go out with his friends, or commit adultery, he just proceeds ahead without consulting anyone’s opinion. But his wife needs to ask his permission for anything, because he is the “Master.”
There are far too many “Ramboes” among believers today. We want to do whatever we please with our lives, or as someone have said: “We are the masters of our own destiny.” Accountability is not in our vocabulary and we don’t allow God or anyone else to even suggest the slightest modification to our behavior.
If we are ill, we go to the doctor without consulting or praying to God first. If we plan trips, we do not include God; and when we are tempted, we do not cry to God for deliverance. As Christians, however, we must ask God for direction and guidance for every decision.
Rambo may have been a popular movie back in the day, but having a Rambo attitude or behavior should never be popular among Christians.