To those going through the valley and shadow of death, hear this word. Weeping will last through some dark, awful nights -- in that darkness you will soon hear the Father whisper "I am with you. I cannot tell you why right now, but one day it will all make sense. You will see it was all part of my plan. It was no accident. It was no failure on your part. Hold fast. Let me embrace you in your hour of pain."On that same day David Wilkerson died, as a result of an automobile accident. Some may say the quote from his last blog post is ironic, but I see God's sovereignty.
God is in control of everything. He knew the details of each day of everyone's lives before the world began. There are no mistakes, accidents or coincidences. God knew that there would be people who would need to hear the words quoted above, and He chose April 27, 2011, David Wilkerson's last day on the earth, to have them posted.
David Wilkerson's quote reminds us that there will be troubling times in this world just as Jesus assured us there would be (John 16:33). However, having that knowledge doesn't make it any easy to deal with trials and our overwhelming emotions. Our flesh cries out for answers and wanting to know why our lives have been shaken by a calamity.
It's human to want to know "why?", but it takes faith to cling to God and persevere through the hardship. We have to get over our need to know "why" and trust the One who knows all and controls all. It is in the valleys that our faith is tested.
Faith believes "in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28). Faith holds fast to God's promises. Faith believes in God's unfailing love, even though He has allowed our world to be turned upside down. Faith remains faithful to God, even when others may be out of hope.
It's inevidentably that we will someday find ourselves going through the valley. So what are we to do when we are there:
- Hold onto the Master's hand knowing that He will neither abandon you nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6; Hebrews 13:5);
- Pour out your feelings to the Lord. Don't worry He can handle your honesty.
- Acknowledge and accept God's sovereignty. God is good, and everything He does is good (Psalm 119:68a), even though at times it's hard to see.