The content of my weekly blogs is drawn primarily from ancient Hebrew wisdom literature, while the 2020 format was inspired by James Clear’s “3-2-1” Thursdays. Building from my recent book UNBEATABLE! Seven Pillars of Personal Excellence, each blog will contain One Pillar/Proverb, One Principle and One Practical.
“Sometimes God allows the things he hates to accomplish the things he loves.”-William Mounce, paraphrasing a quote attributed to Joni E. Tada
“Cancel the whole of 2020.” Megastar Lebron James uttered words to this effect just after COVID-19 forced the suspension of the National Basketball Association (NBA) season in the USA. It was not only this development that caused James’ heartache, but the temporary shutting down of the NBA came just about two months after the tragic death of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash. Fast forward a couple of months and it’s the killings of George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks in America that have sparked a needed global conversation on equality, justice and discrimination. Don’t forget that these events have come in the midst of worldwide economic uncertainty and a sobering resurgence of the coronavirus in different nations.
Is God silent? Is he aware of the hardships that millions are facing across the planet? I have no doubt that the sovereign, holy and majestic God of heaven is totally and completely in tune with global events. I don’t necessarily understand why he does not always intervene to prevent human suffering, but I trust his perfect character, his wise judgment and his overflowing grace. Joni Tada and William Mounce, who I quoted above, are on to something here: “Sometimes God allows the things he hates to accomplish the things he loves.”
In my Easter blog, I reflected on Jesus’ death and resurrection. Did God hate it that Jesus had to die? I can’t say for sure. I’m just glad he allowed it. Look at what the cross accomplished: fresh starts, new hearts, healed relationships, reconciled families, barriers broken down and a future hope. Pain typically precedes glory.
Consider changing your perspective about a current challenge you may be facing. Something beautiful is awaiting you on the other side. Don’t give up.
To learn more about these pillars of personal excellence, read UNBEATABLE! which is now available on Amazon in print and as an e-book.