Even When Things Go Wrong…It Still Might Be God’s Will!{Guest Post}

(Last Updated On: February 25, 2019)

Guest Post By Ruth from My Devotional Thoughts

I don’t know about you, but I have certainly not had a charmed life.  Some might say I have an easy life.  After all, I live at home, I have all my needs met, I have a great daughter, and I have good health.  I even have a job–well, 10 part-time jobs, to be exact.  I am not unemployed.  I am not dying from cancer.  God has blessed me in many ways.

But I cannot say that everything in my life has gone like clockwork.  I am a divorcee.  I have a mentally unstable father.  I am a single mother.  I do not make enough money to live in my own home.  I have been rejected countless times by people that I loved and trusted.  I am nearly 40 years old, and I have no full-time job, and I have no viable male prospects in my life.

I can remember when I moved back to live with my parents that I worried that I may not have been following God’s will.  I wondered if I would ruin my life or my daughter’s life by giving up a full-time job and a house of my own to come back and help my parents out.  Would my daughter adapt?  Would I be able to adjust to life in the Pacific Northwest again?

At first, I was very upbeat.  I had a lot of job interviews scheduled, and things were going well.  I was certain that I would get a job.  After all, I had never struggled to find a job before.  Why should I this time?  I had presumably followed God here, and I knew He would provide for me.

I faced the new school year with no job at all.  I was even struggling to get a substitute teaching job.  I remember driving back after hearing yet again that I did not get the desired job.  Yet again, I was rejected.  Maybe I hadn’t heard from God when I moved out here.  Maybe God was punishing me for not trusting Him and remaining in Texas.  Perhaps I had missed God’s will.

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In the nearly three years since I made the decision to move back, God has taught me a lot about Himself.  The most important thing I have learned is that even if things don’t go exactly as they should have (or I thought they should have), it doesn’t mean that I missed His will.  Nowhere in Scripture is there a verse that says if we follow His will, everything will go perfectly.  The reality of this life is that we live in fallen world.  Great men and women of faith in the Bible and throughout church history have suffered even though they followed God’s will.  Bad things do happen to good people, and it does not always mean that we have done something wrong or abandoned God’s will.

As this school year winds down and I face another school year of uncertainty, I have discovered that God had a much bigger plan in having me become a substitute teacher.  I am honestly in a “charmed” position.  I can set my own hours.  I can work where and when I want to.  I am free to spend time working on my blog and reviewing books and products.  I am able to focus my time on other pursuits.  All of these things probably would not have happened without my becoming a substitute teacher.  And I have gained valuable insights as a sub that I never had as a teacher.  I am finally free to be able to apply for jobs I might actually like rather than “settling” for a job I would not like.

So the next time that you think you may be following God’s will and something goes wrong, don’t jump to the conclusion that you missed God’s best or that He is displeased with you.  You may discover that in the midst of these hard times, God is still working all things together for Your good!