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But What If It Wasn’t A Happy Ending?

June 5, 2014 by

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I’ve learned something about myself lately.

My faith is weak.

I love Jesus with my whole heart. I trust God with all that I am. I read Scripture, I pray, I go to church, I give…

But my faith is weak.

I fret about the amount of money going out, and about the amount that’s not coming in. I worry. I wonder. I question.

And I hear Him lovingly say, “Oh, you of little faith!”

My Pastor recently gave a wonderful sermon on the 22nd chapter of Genesis where God tests Abraham by asking him to sacrifice his only son. We read the familiar story about how God not only intervened by stopping Abraham at the last minute, but He also provided the needed sacrifice. The focus was, of course, on our Jehovah-Jireh, our Provider God, the One from Whom all blessings flow.

There were two questions our Pastor asked that I haven’t been able to stop pondering. The first was why God tested Abraham in the first place if He already knew how His subject would respond. The answer, of course, is that Abraham would learn about the character of God through his willingness to obey at great personal cost. (I believe that Isaac learned a great deal about his God during this test, as well).

If the things I worry about are a test to help me know God better, am I paying attention? Am I learning?

The second question our Pastor asked is one I have been dwelling on for some time. He said that this story has a happy ending and we all love happy endings. But, what if it didn’t?  What then?

I am waiting with faith and hope that God is going to restore us, to bring us back to where we were. I believe that He is going to grow our businesses and bless us in the area of our finances. But what if He doesn’t?

Will I do as Job’s wife advised him, to curse God and die? Or will I, like Job, be able to say, “though He slay me, yet I will praise Him.”

You see, I want to write the ending to the story. I have my goals, my dreams, my plans, my desires and I expect my God to fulfill them. But, alas, He is God and I am not.I believe; help my unbelief.” ~Mark 9:24 (ESV)

But the truth is that we don’t get to write the ending to the story. We must walk in faith. We must hope in what we cannot see. We don’t get to write the ending to the story, but we don’t need to. He already has and it is perfect!

The question then becomes, how great is our faith in Him who has promised?

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” ~John 16:33 (NKJV)

Father God, thank You for the gift of faith in You and the peace that comes with it. Help us to remember not to dwell on our emotions, but to stand on what we know to be true of You. You have already provided all that we need in Christ. You have already written the ending to our story, and it is better than we can imagine. Help us to be of good cheer for You have overcome the world; certainly You can take care of our needs. We thank You and praise You in the precious name of your Son. Amen.

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What do you think? Have you learned to trust God with the ending to your story? 

13 Responses to But What If It Wasn’t A Happy Ending?

  1. Joyce

    Thank God, regardless of our circumstances in life, if we have Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and Master, our ending will be a very, very happy ending…….eternal life lived forever with Him in a glorious place. It is those tough circumstances that help us to grow close to Him as the refining process changes us to be more like our Lord.

    • Heather

      You are absolutely right, Joyce. It is usually in the difficult times that we draw the closest to Him because we know that He is the answer. I am so longing for eternity with Him! Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

      • Joyce

        Am so glad I found your blog the other day. I have been looking for something like your’s for a long time. May God bless you as you continue to lift up His Name, and stand for His Truth!

        • Heather

          Thank you for your kind words, Joyce. I’m so happy you are blessed by what you find here. To God be the glory always.

  2. Donna Freedman

    I’m struggling with this myself right now, as my daughter had four miscarriages in a row. The fifth pregnancy showed a heartbeat — until the second ultrasounds, when no heartbeat was detected.
    I’ve been having some out-loud conversations with God for the past few days (which is OK because I work at home). Ultimately I have to remind myself of what a former minister told me: “There are things in this life that I will never know, and I have to be OK with that.”
    Also this one: God answers all prayers — but sometimes the answer is “no.”
    That may be one of the things that I will never know, or understand — but it’s also one of the things that I will have to accept. Trust can be hard, but it’s vital here. I believe that God’s plan is already written and that my daughter may or may not have children — and that this is part of His plan, too.

    • Heather

      Thank you so much for sharing your story and your faith. I am so sorry for your daughter’s losses. I have only lost one, and I know how difficult that was. I hope that through her experience, she will draw closer to God and her walk will be strengthened – for her good and His glory. I will be praying for your family. I lost an aunt that was very dear to me after battling cancer for 2 1/2 years. She was only 42 years old. In the beginning, I was very angry with God for not answering my prayers the way I wanted him to. Eventually, I realized that He is God and I am not. Like you said, there are some things we won’t understand, but that’s where faith comes in. We must remember that He is always good. Thank you, again, for sharing your heart.

  3. joanneviola

    You raise a question I think we all must answer at some point … What will we do with God if things don’t turn out the way I want? Or He doesn’t respond to my prayer the way I would like? Will I serve Him even then? May we realize He sees the entire picture of our lives & trust Him & His ways. So hard at times but we must trust His heart & love for us & toward us. Wonderful post! I am glad I linked right after you at Everyday Jesus this morning 🙂 Blessings to you!

    • Heather

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Joanne. The fact of the matter is that we aren’t in control. We want so desperately to be but, alas, that is not to be. I think that is a really good thing, though, because like you said He sees the entire picture when we don’t. I think we would just mess it up. We’re better off trusting Him. Fortunately for us, like you said, His heart and love towards us are always for our good. Bless you!

  4. Sharita ~7DaysTime (@7DaysTime)

    Such truth here, sweet Heather! I have to say my faith is pretty weak some days too… especially when it comes to MY goals/dreams/plans. It all boils down to trust. Do I trust God to end my story for His glory?

    Thanks for sharing this over at #EverydayJesus. So appreciate these words.

  5. Shannon Combs

    Goodness this post hit me where I live today. We too have been having financial struggles ever since my huband started his business 8 yrs ago. Everytime we thing we’ve finally landed that big “Bread & Butter” client that is going to make our finacial life easier it seems to fall through. I’ve thrown many a mental temper tantrum about how things are not turning out like I wanted. It’s so hard to trust God when you feel he’s not seeing your needs. The retirement fund, college fund, saving account with no money in it and your kid going off to college next year; The cars that need new tires and are both on their last legs; the health issues that will not resolve. I have to remind myself everyday that God has a plan and that it may not be what I like or want, but that it’s HIS plan and therefore a perfect plan.

    Shannon

    • Heather

      Thank you for sharing your heart, Shannon. I do truly understand what you are going through. We need to keep our focus on our Provider. He will make a way, even when it doesn’t seem as though there is one. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

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