The deal is still on. The buyers are still in. Our house should close next week. What a relief! Very thankful! Full of gratefulness. But…the surrendered soul does not end the process there. Rebecca and I, while thoroughly relieved that our house sale did not fall through, now must account for the fact that God’s rescue is the scandal, not the fact that the sale was jeopardized and could have fallen through. We deserved to lose the deal. God mercifully held it together. We have been recipients of grace again.
However, there is yet another layer to this. Say, we had lost the sale. Even in that moment, God would be gracious. You see, loses, bad news, bummers, red lights, no’s, closed doors, and cloudy days are not judgment for the believer. They are disciplines, but disciplines of grace; the actions of a loving Father toward his children. If we had lost the sale, the God who rescued the sale would have been the God who ordained its loss for our good. In fact, there is a peril in our rescue. We could subtly think we deserved it; that we got what was normal. No! We received the ironic outcome. God held the fall at bay.
So, two things a surrendered soul does in response to a rescue: First, the surrendered soul is very, very grateful, even in small rescues. Two, the surrendered soul acknowledges that God would still be good if the loss was actualized and that the loss would have been used by God for the good of the child of God, even that God would continue to deepen the level of surrender in his child by the loss. So, the surrendered soul sees God’s goodness in both sweet providence and severe mercies. In other words, the surrendered soul is able to be surrendered in any circumstance because it believes that the child of God is in a win-win situation this side of salvation. God works for his children, for their good, in both blessings and severity.
So, we are thankful. But…we must account for the fact that if God only gave us good news, we would have less of a life of joy because there would be less cross in this life. Before we are prepared for the crown, we must know the cross. I hope you received good news today. But, if you didn’t, God is still richly blessing you in the long run.