Making Sense of Bad things

In 1970 when half of my dairy herd died of a disease I prayed for an hour a day that God would intervene and save my business. A friend of mine said to me, maybe you should stop praying for God to save them and start praying for God to give you the wisdom to know why He is killing them. That statement seemed absurd to me, God wouldn’t kill my cows, would He? Well it turns out that it looks like he may have done just that in order to get me off of the farm, the love of my life and into ministry. At this point in my life after 44 years in ministry it seems like a good thing, but it didn’t seem like it at the time.

Another thing that came from the experience over 50 years ago is that I don’t pray and ask God to change circumstances anymore; I pray and ask for wisdom to know why He is doing what He is doing. He promises to give insight to those who ask, so I do; I ask a lot, almost every day. When I get wisdom and understanding from God I am much more able to cooperate with God resulting in much more growth in my character and opportunities to witness for Him.

Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

If I believe God causes all things to work together for good, why would I pray and ask Him to change it? The reason that I would is that I don’t like what He is doing, and I think I know better than He does what is best for my life or the life of others.

Over the years of my life I am pretty sure that most of the wisdom that I have came into my mind while I was in a corporate prayer event sitting with other believers from our church. It is amazing how much God works in me during those times of sitting in a room listening to other people pray. Now at 72 years of age, I am not the wisest person around for sure, but I do have an insight and an understanding of why things happen the way they do and why God is doing something in a particular way. Again most of what I have in the form of Godly wisdom, I am sure, came into my head while I was praying and listening to others pray in a corporate prayer time.

Jbc is having a corporate prayer time this next week. We will be praying from 5:00 to 10:00 am and 5:00 to 10:00 pm Monday through Friday this next week. Come and join us and marvelously experience God.

4 thoughts on “Making Sense of Bad things

  1. Tim Edgren

    Dee, I very much appreciate your insight in this. I often pray for God to change my circumstances, but (as you say) this can indicate a lack of faith and can be dumb, too.

    I do think there are circumstances we can pray for God to change — like when the Jews in Esther’s day gather to pray and fast to prevent their extermination. But it is interesting what Esther says to the king — basically, “if we were only going to be enslaved, we wouldn’t have bothered you with our request”. I wonder if we should have a high bar like that — only pray for God to change our circumstances when it is catastrophic, and otherwise pray for God to use those circumstances to build our character and to bring about His kingdom goals.

    This is hard stuff. Thank you for provoking some thoughts about it.


  2. Sandy

    Pastor Dee, you always seem to speak right to my heart
    Such a God thing.
    Thank you for continuing to teach. Please don’t stop. 🙏🏼


  3. Kathryn McIntosh

    Do you use a microphone at prayer meetings? I no longer hear people pray in a group setting, even a very small one.




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