When something bad happens in our lives, the lives of our loved ones, our friend, our church family, a natural disaster where there is loss of life and property, or as is going on today, police brutality, racism, racial injustice, and finally a global pandemic, we often ask, "How could God let this happen?" Life’s disappointments produce a sense of sadness resulting from our unfulfilled expectations. One moment we are celebrating life, and the next moment we feel knocked across the face by unexpected disappointments. Here’s another one of our favorites, “God is trying to tell us something” as if God is the one causing these things.
I'll let you in on a not too well kept secret God is not your enemy!
God's intentions and actions toward you are always good.
1 John 1:5 CEV Jesus told us God is light and doesn't have any darkness in him. Now we are telling you.
James 1:17 NCV Every good action and every perfect gift is from God. These good gifts come down from the Creator of the sun, moon, and stars, who does not change like their shifting shadows.
You can trust that God always has your best interest at heart.
Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
God is good all the time. He doesn't change back and forth from good to bad and back again.
Psalm 118:1 ESV Oh give thanks to the Lord , for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!
It's the devil who wants you to believe that the bad stuff is God’s fault or that he allowed it or God doesn’t care or he’s mad at you or he’s just not paying attention.
The devil knows that if you’re mad at God, he’s got you separated from the only one that can really help! When tough times come that's not the time to be mad with God. I know that we often do, and I admit that I've been there. I've been mad at God. But think about it, that is definitely not the time to get mad and "let go of God".
There is an easy way to tell if something came from God or the devil.
John 10:10 ESV The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
That makes it crystal clear. If there is stealing, killing, or destroying happening, it’s the devil’s doing, not God’s.
Now do you see what I mean when I said "Some of us need to forgive God?" In retrospect maybe I should have said "Some of us need to ask God to forgive us for ever doubting him"; but if I said that you may have never read this post.