Entry 14 Praying to Avoid Bad Situations
When we live a life of purpose, on purpose, with a plan, and a vision we can expect certain outcomes in life. When we work hard, get a good education, take care of our bodies, and make good personal decisions we can expect our lives to have a positive outcome. But sometimes bad things happen to good people. Occasionally the person with the plan ends up in the same situation as the person who made no preparations for their future. Being a Christian, paying your tithes, living uprightly does not ensure that negative things won’t happen to you. God rains on the just as well as the unjust, and he that walks upright will suffer persecution. At times we cannot avoid bad situations because God allows them for His divine purpose. God may not always move our mountains, but give us the strength to climb them. This doesn’t give us the right to live a purposeless life, with no plan, drive or enthusiasm expecting the worst. It just means that we must understand that our plan may not be God’s plan for our lives. And that when we surrender ourselves to Him, we are giving Him the permission to be Lord over our lives and to allow His will to be done. So we don’t have to live in fear of bad things happening to us. Instead we can walk in the confidence that God is in control, that He has a good plan for our lives, and that He will put no more on us than we can bear. If it is God’s will, He will provide a way of escaping bad situations that will destroy us, or He will give us the grace and strength to go through the ones that will make us strong.