I find it interesting when things don’t go the way we think they should, people say, “It’s not God’s plan.” Why do people say that? How do they know? Because they believe God micromanages every little thing in our lives including our pain and suffering. I disagree.
Let’s look at God for a few minutes. The Bible tells us sin caused a great divide between God and men. The punishment for sin is death, total separation from God for eternity. But God loves us so much he came up with a plan to bridge the divide. He sent his only son, Jesus to reconcile us to our Creator. Jesus died in our place taking all our sin, shame, and punishment. This is foundational to our faith, but Jesus did not stop there. Jesus came to give us an abundant life, filled with peace and joy.
God sent his son to repair the damage we did to our relationship with him and show us a wonderful life, does that sound like someone who would deliberately do something to harm and cause us pain? The answer is a resounding NO!
So why do people blame God for every little thing that goes wrong in life? Could it be easier to blame God when pain and suffering strikes us because someone has to be the culprit? I believe Satan has successfully lied to all mankind. (check out last week’s post) He has convinced humans God is responsible when Satan and his demons are the ones causing all the anguish in our lives. After all he is here to kill, steal and destroy. He’s done a good job deceiving people.
Could some of our problems be consequences of our own decisions or those of others that have spilled over on us? Or have things simply gone wrong and no one is at fault? Again, why does it always have to be God’s fault?
Brothers and Sisters, God loves us too much to cause us any kind of pain. His desire for our happiness and contentment is paramount. It is not God’s plan when anything bad happens. God doesn’t make people ill. He doesn’t cause accidents that injure us. He does NOT kill our loved ones, though he does receive them with open loving arms when they die. Side question, why would we want to spend eternity with God if he was responsible for our pain, suffering, and death in this life?
God is not the big boogeyman in the sky sitting on his throne in heaven and calculating how he can make our lives miserable. That is not in his character. His character is love. Love with a capital L. He is patient and kind. He bares all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. His love never dies. Remember, he sent his only son to us to make a way for us to spend eternity with him. What greater love is there than that? Yes, he will work all things together for good for all those who love him and have devoted their lives to him in times of trouble. But he didn’t cause the problem only to then make it right. That doesn’t even make sense if you really think about it. God wants us to come to him for all our wants, needs, and desires. He wants us to depend on him and find hope in him. Do you really think he would treat us poorly, then expect us to run to him for comfort or protection?
Consider this, if God created your problem or pain, how can you really believe God will help? That would make God double minded, first creating a bad situation or harming you in some way, then providing the solution. Jesus tells us we must not be double minded. He tells us to stand firm in his love and wisdom. I assure you, if he tells us not to do something, he nor Father God would do it either.
We must get God’s love for us straight in our hearts, if we are to totally depend on him and his promises. We have to believe he loves us more than anything in the universe, has our best interests at heart, and will provide for us. There is a spiritual battle going on and we are in the crosshairs. We need to accept he will make a way for us, because God is righteous and holy, his love is unending. He will never leave or forsake us and because we believe in his love, we can stand firm in that love in the dark days ahead. We must be able to turn to Father God without hesitation or reservation believing with all our being, God will protect us, shelter us, and give us comfort.