Is God ‘Setting You Up’ for Something Better?

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I love a good mystery. And I bet many of you are gobbling up great summer suspense novels while sipping tea poolside or taking in the latest suspense movie while downing lots of buttery popcorn. What fun! But I’m here to tell you about a suspenseful story that I read recently …

It’s found in 2nd Samuel and I think it illustrates how God often “sets us up” for what seems like a bad situation only to turn it into a good better situation than we’re currently experiencing.

In 2 Samuel 10, King David had sent his army to honor and be a comfort to the nearby Ammonite king, Hunan, whose father had just died. David had a good relationship with this new king’s father, but the new king didn’t trust David. So King Hunan cut off half of the beards and “garments in the middle at the buttocks” of David’s army—sending them marching back half-naked and humiliated. Hunan realized he’d angered David with this act. So war broke out and David and his army were triumphant, causing all of the neighboring people to be at peace with him and be subject to his kingdom in Israel.

God used a bad circumstance to bring about a greater good for David. He established David’s reign—not just in his own kingdom, but also in the neighboring kingdoms.

David might not have seen this as a good thing at first or as a way that God was “setting him up” for victory.

But with the help of perspective, I can see it.

Can you?

Do you need that kind of perspective in your life right now?

  • Are you wondering if God is ever going to change your spouse or improve your marriage because things keep getting worse and worse, then hold on!
  • Are you wondering if God knows what he’s doing with a particular situation that seems clearly to be a “bad thing,” then hold on!
  • Are you feeling like giving up because you can’t take this pain any longer, then hold on!

God has a plan for you {and me} and it’s a good one, but like any good story, it’s full of mystery and suspense! So just hold on!

What surprise endings have you seen God perform in your life?

What worries do you have about a “bad situation” you’re facing right now?

“… I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” Jeremiah 29:11 (Message)

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16 responses to “Is God ‘Setting You Up’ for Something Better?”

  1. We so easily forget the character and faithfulness of the One we claim to love and trust … the magnificent Creator of the universe, the Redeemer of our souls. Nothing is too hard for Him!

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  2. We so easily forget the character and faithfulness of the One we claim to love and trust … the magnificent Creator of the universe, the Redeemer of our souls. Nothing is too hard for Him!

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  3. Love those surprise endings…and I look forward to Him revealing others we don’t even know about yet. I can think of a big one associated with my son’s terrible car accident. It’s a long story but suffice it to say, the Lord was in control and there were really blessings all around!

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  4. Love those surprise endings…and I look forward to Him revealing others we don’t even know about yet. I can think of a big one associated with my son’s terrible car accident. It’s a long story but suffice it to say, the Lord was in control and there were really blessings all around!

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  5. Dear Beth
    Our God only brings beauty out of ashes and work everything together for our eternal good. The thing with us is that we mostly want Him to work out things for our good here in the temporary!
    Blessings
    Mia

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  6. Dear BethOur God only brings beauty out of ashes and work everything together for our eternal good. The thing with us is that we mostly want Him to work out things for our good here in the temporary! BlessingsMia

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  7. Oh, Beth, YES, we’re in a tough spot right now and this has been my battle cry… God is setting the stage to “WOW” us with the next scene. Love this reminder!

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  8. Oh, Beth, YES, we’re in a tough spot right now and this has been my battle cry… God is setting the stage to “WOW” us with the next scene. Love this reminder!

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  9. Beth, you’re speaking my language today! Amen, my sweet sister. I mentioned a big “no” that my hubby and I received recently… and we’re still in the waiting to discover how God is going to turn it into a resounding “yes” to something better. Thank you, thank you for this reminder that the Christian life is not a predictable plot. My challenge is to find peace in the suspense. We’re holding on. Blessings to you today, my friend!

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  10. Beth, you’re speaking my language today! Amen, my sweet sister. I mentioned a big “no” that my hubby and I received recently… and we’re still in the waiting to discover how God is going to turn it into a resounding “yes” to something better. Thank you, thank you for this reminder that the Christian life is not a predictable plot. My challenge is to find peace in the suspense. We’re holding on. Blessings to you today, my friend!

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  11. Hi Beth – what an example of God with and without in the story – the young new king without God was scared and untrustful – and made a fatal error – but David with God overcame humiliation to rise higher.
    I think your message is the hope I live by – that God will bring something beautiful, something whole – and better out of the challenges I face – holding on to that with all my might!
    Thanks for sharing the story – it gave my day something extra it needed!

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  12. Hi Beth – what an example of God with and without in the story – the young new king without God was scared and untrustful – and made a fatal error – but David with God overcame humiliation to rise higher.I think your message is the hope I live by – that God will bring something beautiful, something whole – and better out of the challenges I face – holding on to that with all my might!Thanks for sharing the story – it gave my day something extra it needed!

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  13. Jeremiah 11:29 is one of my favorite verses. The Message version is very enlightening 🙂

    Recently God worked a miracle on my behalf on a certain issue that fir long had appeared to be a ‘lost’ case.. once more, I was amazed at how God is never late. (even when it feels like He’s not in a hurry!) And how His seeming delay always ends up in greater glory.
    We do learn so much from hindsight. Thanks for this reminder about perspective today.

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  14. Jeremiah 11:29 is one of my favorite verses. The Message version is very enlightening :)Recently God worked a miracle on my behalf on a certain issue that fir long had appeared to be a ‘lost’ case.. once more, I was amazed at how God is never late. (even when it feels like He’s not in a hurry!) And how His seeming delay always ends up in greater glory. We do learn so much from hindsight. Thanks for this reminder about perspective today.

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