We read in Isaiah 55:8 – 9 that our Lord is the most intelligent being in the universe that He created. Psalm 139:1 – 6; 13 – 18, tells us that He is intimately acquainted with our way, and that He was intentionally and intimately engaged in creating us for a purpose.
The people and experiences we encounter in this life are intentional. Placed in our life by an intelligent, intentional, and intimately involved Lord to make us into the instrument of His will.
I have mentioned all the men that I really like. But there are those on that list that I did not like so much. Some, frankly, are enemies. The thing I have to continually struggle to grasp is that the Lord has placed them in my life intelligently and intentionally as well. He uses people who may rub us the wrong way probably to rub some of the wrong stuff off of us.
It may not be pleasant, but it is intentional.