I Want What Is Best For You
I remember telling my girls, "I'm your mother. I want what is best for you!" They sometimes responded that I must hate them to not let them do this or make them do that. I understood their immaturity did not let them see that I was trying to do what was best for them. They could not see the big picture that I could see. As hard as it was to disappoint them, although they didn't believe it, I could not let them walk into trouble.
Now, I am the child and God is my Father. God knows what is best for me. He understands that my spiritual immaturity does not let me see what is best for me. Romans 8: 28, "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Think of Job's suffering. God never abandoned him. He knew how much Job was suffering and God was overseeing the refining of Job. I have shared before that my father had died, Mike's mother was dying, I was diagnosed with cancer and some other things were going on when a lady came to my house and told me that I should consider it an honor that God was refining us.
It took a while to soak it but I believe it! God risks being misunderstood by His children to give them what is best. While He wants us to have a joyful life, He is more concerned with our eternal rewards, our character and our testimonies. He sees the beginning and the end. I like the way someone said it, our brokenness is not the end but a passage and a process to a rich, new beginning!