We can never fully understand why God does what He does or allows what He allows to happen in our lives but what we do know is that it will always work out in our favor if we put our trust in Him.
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28 NLT
If you take this knowing, that whatever it is, it will work out for your good; then add in your expectancy for something good to happen to you based upon the fact that you are a child of God, then great things will happen to you every day. Expect them.
Sometimes it may not look like it’s working out in our favor the way it looks in the natural but because God is involved, it always will.
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21 NASB
Now all this is fine and dandy to know but the million dollar question is: where is your mindset?
If your mind is set to accept less than what a Child of God is entitled to receive, then you allow the circumstances in your life to line up with defeat and blame the devil every step of the way for any adversities which takes place in your life. However, if you mind is set to receive the blessings of God in your life, circumstances will come to make you change your position from receiving the blessings from the Lord to accepting lack or anything that accompanies the curse of the devil but because your mind is set to receiving the blessings you do and say things that will make your circumstances line up with the promises of God subsequently and miraculously receiving the blessings instead.
Let’s take a look at the life of Joseph from the Book of Genesis as an example. Joseph had a dream. In this dream, the Lord showed Joseph that he would be placed in a high position over his brothers where they would have to bow down to him. Then Joseph had another dream which also showed even his father would also bow down to him. When Joseph, as excited as he was to receive the dream, told his brothers, they hated him. His brothers took this hatred to another level and plotted to kill him. Instead they sold him into slavery which subsequently led Joseph to being promoted to the second in command in all of Egypt. Then Joseph’s dreams came true – his brothers and his father bowed down to him. Genesis 37-46. Even in the midst of receiving the promise, adversity came to Joseph which could have easily made him change his mindset from a victor to defeat when Potiphar’s wife accused Joseph of wanting to have relations with her which landed Joseph in prison (Genesis 39). It would have been easy for Joseph to have taken his eyes off of the prize and admitted defeat.
Just as Peter did (Matthew 14:27-31)when he walked on water, Joseph set the early example by keeping his mind on, in this case, the dream and not on his circumstances, to prove to himself of his entitlement to the promise of what the Lord showed him in those dreams. What always happens is that some circumstance will show up just before you receive the manifestation of the promise in order to deter you from receiving it. It’s what you do when it shows up that determines your outcome. You can take your stand with God and know that those circumstances will pass and something good will happen as a result of your stand or you can give up and quit neither trusting God nor believing your right to receive any of the promises God wants you to have. And Peter, as we all may know, as long as he kept his eyes on Jesus, he was fine. Peter was walking on water. But the moment Peter took his eyes off of the Lord Jesus and placed his focus on the surrounding circumstances which was the storm, fear developed then Peter began to sink.
The devil comes to steal the belief stored up in your heart that your Heavenly Father wants the best for you. He does this by bringing trouble or persecution in your life or he [the devil] gets you to focus on the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things so that your mind is so bogged down on worrying about all those other things that you can’t see clear enough to know that God already provided a way of victory for you. You can’t believe both and expect to receive victory over your circumstances. You have to set your mind to believe that whatever promises you see in the Bible are yours and you are entitled to them. And as long as you keep your focus on those promises, circumstances in your life will begin to align themselves up so that you will eventually receive those promises if you don’t give up.
Both men when they kept their focus on the promises of our Lord, succeeded. Peter, when he took his eyes off of Jesus, he began to fail. He started to sink and the Lord reached out and grabbed him before he did. What this means is that if you begin to focus on what God has been telling you and you decided to walk out on faith to obtain it, even if you lose sight, the Lord will be there to catch you if you fall.
In either case, you got nothing to lose.
For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. Romans 8:24-25 NIV