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)

Photo by Neeta Lind

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  • 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!

    • I’m so glad you can resonate with my thoughts here, Linda. It’s also great that God has linked us as believers who love and serve Him through the cyberspace. It’s a true blessing, my friend, to connect even if it is via the invisible internet. 🙂

  • 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!

  • OutnumberedMom

    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!

    • Yes, I bet this really rang true for you with the miraculous story of your son’s car accident, Laura Lee. I know bits and pieces about it, but am so grateful that God is the Great Redeemer in all areas of our lives. Thanks for your encouragement here, my friend.

  • OutnumberedMom

    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!

  • Mia

    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

    • I agree, Mia. I don’t know why we cling to this old earth and all of its trappings so fiercely. It usually disappoints. But there’s One who never disappoints. So glad that we both love and know Him intimately, my friend! Thanks for coming by and encouraging me!

  • Mia

    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

  • 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!

    • It encourages me so much to know that this ministered to you, Alicia. I was hesitant to post it since it was very similar to the post I did on Monday, but I just felt like God was urging me to publish it this soon anyway. My prayers are with you in whatever you’ve been struggling through–hoping you see His mystery and blessed answer soon!

  • Alicia Bruxvoort

    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!

  • 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!

    • I’m so glad it encouraged you. Like I mentioned to Alicia, I almost didn’t post this since it was so similar to Monday’s post. But I just felt God’s urging me to do it anyway. I hoped it would minister to those who are going through a tough time. Thanks so much for sharing with me that this blessed you. I’m going to continue to lift you up in this situation you’re facing, my dear Becky. I pray you’d feel Him holding on to you too. 🙂

  • 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!

  • bluecottonmemory

    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!

    • Yes, I’ve sensed from your post this week that you’ve been struggling in some ways. My prayers are with you that you’d feel God working in mighty ways to bring about His blessed best in your life. Thanks for stopping by to encourage me, friend. I always appreciate it!

  • bluecottonmemory

    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!

  • I’m so glad you can resonate with my thoughts here, Linda. It’s also great that God has linked us as believers who love and serve Him through the cyberspace. It’s a true blessing, my friend, to connect even if it is via the invisible internet. 🙂

  • Yes, I bet this really rang true for you with the miraculous story of your son’s car accident, Laura Lee. I know bits and pieces about it, but am so grateful that God is the Great Redeemer in all areas of our lives. Thanks for your encouragement here, my friend.

  • I agree, Mia. I don’t know why we cling to this old earth and all of its trappings so fiercely. It usually disappoints. But there’s One who never disappoints. So glad that we both love and know Him intimately, my friend! Thanks for coming by and encouraging me!

  • It encourages me so much to know that this ministered to you, Alicia. I was hesitant to post it since it was very similar to the post I did on Monday, but I just felt like God was urging me to publish it this soon anyway. My prayers are with you in whatever you’ve been struggling through–hoping you see His mystery and blessed answer soon!

  • I’m so glad it encouraged you. Like I mentioned to Alicia, I almost didn’t post this since it was so similar to Monday’s post. But I just felt God’s urging me to do it anyway. I hoped it would minister to those who are going through a tough time. Thanks so much for sharing with me that this blessed you. I’m going to continue to lift you up in this situation you’re facing, my dear Becky. I pray you’d feel Him holding on to you too. 🙂

  • Yes, I’ve sensed from your post this week that you’ve been struggling in some ways. My prayers are with you that you’d feel God working in mighty ways to bring about His blessed best in your life. Thanks for stopping by to encourage me, friend. I always appreciate it!

  • 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.

    • I’m so glad to hear how God worked in this situation for you, Ngina. I could probably count dozens or more times that God has worked a miracle in my life as well. He’s always been so good to me and it sounds like to you and your hubby as well. Praising Him for being such a great and generous God that we serve, my friend! Thanks for coming by and weighing in. It’s always a pleasure!

  • 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.

  • Alicia Bruxvoort

    Thanks Beth

  • I’m so glad to hear how God worked in this situation for you, Ngina. I could probably count dozens or more times that God has worked a miracle in my life as well. He’s always been so good to me and it sounds like to you and your hubby as well. Praising Him for being such a great and generous God that we serve, my friend! Thanks for coming by and weighing in. It’s always a pleasure!