"Consider the work of God; for who can make straight what He has made crooked? In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider: surely God has appointed the one as well as the other, so that man can find out nothing that will come after him."
Have you ever gone through a difficult time in your life and asked yourself, "Where is God?" Each one of us knows that life is not always easy. As a matter of fact it can be quite difficult at times. There are currently many people that are struggling economically. Every one of us can be guaranteed that in a fallen world we will face crisis, sickness, and difficulty from time to time. One of the most common responses that I hear from people that are going through such crises is that they feel God has abandoned them. I am going to say something that may shock you, but there is plenty of Scriptural evidence that it is true. It very well could be that God has at least allowed this trial in your life, or He may have purposely placed it in your life.
Solomon, the wisest man to ever live, saw that God was in complete control. If you will read the whole book of Ecclesiastes, this thought troubled Solomon a little. He had gained so much and become so prosperous that he became depressed. Why? It was because he realized that in the end of all things he had no control over what the future held for him or his riches. When he died, someone was going to inherit it and in his opinion waste it. Therefore, his advice in this passage needs to be heeded. First, we must realize that we cannot undo what God desires to be done. His plan will always trump my desires. If God has purposed it for my life, I will accept it along with the grace that He gives. Second, when we are blessed by God, it is right to praise Him and rejoice over His blessings. Enjoy with moderation what God has given you. It is a blessing from His hand, because He cares for His children. Third, when we go through difficult days, do not forget God or think that He has abandoned you. Consider Him. As difficult as it may be, learn to accept even the difficulty that God has allowed to come into your life knowing that His grace will be sufficient for you. Fourth, none of us knows the future plans that God has. The situation that you are in right now will not last forever. It is hard to see that at the moment. However, God knows what tomorrow holds, because very simply, He holds tomorrow!
May you follow the path that God has laid before you whether it be straight or crooked!