It’s easy see God in the good and thank him. But where is God during the bad times?

“In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider: God also hath set the one over against the other, to the end that man should find nothing after him.” Ecclesiastes 7:14 AMP

This verse confused me until I had a season one could call the opposite of prosperous.

When things go well, it’s easy to be joyful, and being cheerful isn’t hard when things go our way. We find ourselves thanking God freely and with deep-felt gratitude. But when the current of our river changes direction, we struggle to see God and have even more difficulty giving him our thanks.

This scripture tells us that both seasons, the prosperous and the days of adversity, are by His design. God has ordained the time and place for everything (Ecc 3:1), and He works all things together for His good (Rom 8:28).

It is easy to see God in the good and thank him. But we often believe he is absent during the bad times, and that’s not what Ecclesiastes says. Whether good time or bad, crazy or calm, wading through poor choices of our own doing or out of our control, God has allowed it (Prov 16:4).

It’s the last part of Ecclesiastes 7:14 that I didn’t grasp. “…that man should find nothing after him.” Giving thanks to God in everything, good and bad, creates a dependence on Him. It trains us to find joy in all circumstances and reminds us we have no reason to complain.

But our response is a conscious decision to see and seek the good and give God glory no matter the outcome.

In Matters of the Heart, book three in my Discerning God’s Best series,* Hans and Katie struggle to see God in the details of their lives. They each have experienced tremendous hardships that have the potential to destroy them. Only when a young, formerly enslaved person and an aging circuit preacher enter their lives can they see God working when he seems absent.

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Do you have an example of when God met you where you were? Whether in the valley or on top of the mountain, I’d enjoy hearing your story. Please leave a comment below so I can connect with you.

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Published by Author Heidi Gray McGill

Heidi and her husband of over thirty years live in South Carolina. Besides writing Christian fiction with relatable characters in life-changing stories, Heidi relishes time with family and friends. She enjoys scrapbooking, playing games, traveling, and building bridges with her grandsons that must fall with a loud crash and usually involve a monster truck.

2 thoughts on “It’s easy see God in the good and thank him. But where is God during the bad times?

  1. Oh, Heidi, you know well our season of sorrow after our car accident and 12 years of caring for our Becca with the brain injury until she went Home. If I had not allowed God to show me glimpses of joy and had not praised Him for every tiny bit of good that happened, I would have lost my mind. It is so important to give Him praise and worship; probably more for us. Keeps our perspective in line with Him.

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