Daily Devotion – Shield of Love

Why and Why Not

Then King David went in and sat before the LORD and prayed, “Who am I, O Sovereign LORD, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? 2 Samuel 7:18 (NLT)

It seems like things are happening to you. Doesn’t it? Why did this happen to me, we say often. But here’s a thought.

What if it’s not happening to you, but happening for you?

What if that relationship isn’t working out, for you?

What if you didn’t get that job because it wasn’t the right fit for you?

What if you can’t get that new house because it’s not for you?

God is love. God blesses the godly. He surrounds them with His love. So I believe that out of His love, certain things just aren’t in the cards for us because He is protecting us. I believe certain things aren’t for us because He has something better. And I believe that in His divinely wise love, He keeps the things that aren’t for us, away from us.

It’s easy to ask, why would God do this to me? But it’s not so second nature to ask, why is God doing this for me? How is God expressing His love for me in this situation?

God loves us and everything He does is out of love. So when we don’t get what we want, it is just as much out of love as it is when we do receive it. So the question isn’t why does God do this to me? It’s not why is that happening to me? It’s not even why is God doing this for me?

So when we really think about God’s love, and His actions always expressing that love, the real question at hand is the same one King David had:

Then King David went in and sat before the LORD and prayed, “Who am I, O Sovereign LORD, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? 2 Samuel 7:18 (NLT)

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