I love this passage below because it reminds us that, sometimes, God brings difficulties into our lives. And you know what? That is okay! Because I would rather the Lord be the One bringing difficulties than it be the evil one, because he “slipped a fast-ball by God.” Isn’t it exciting that God is in control, and not the evil one?
When Solomon had finished the temple of the Lord and the royal palace, and had succeeded in carrying out all he had in mind to do in the temple of the Lord and in his own palace, the Lord appeared to him at night and said:
“I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a temple for sacrifices.
“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there.
I Chronicles 7:11-16 (NIV)
Going deeper into this subject:
Filomina in this 30 second video has gotten it! Too often our troubles cause us to plead with God and plead with God over the things He’s promised. But she gets it. All she has to do is trust Him for it!