If you live long enough you are going to, at one time or another, experience some negative event that has the capacity to shake your foundation and cause you to question your beliefs. You know what I’m talking about, right? There you were living your life, building your dreams, planning your future, then some dastardly scenario played out and stopped you in your tracks. Suddenly you left behind all of your innocency; your child-like believing and questioned whether or not God really existed. After all, how could God have allowed that thing to happen to you? Why didn’t God step in and intervene in your life? And, after some period of suffering you drew a perilous conclusion, namely that God must not exist and if He did exist, He surely must not be as good or as faithful as He reported… And now, well, you are still pretty angry with God for some thing He didn’t do; didn’t prevent; didn’t handle when it needed to be handled.
Sadly, there is a reality in life that most folks are loathe to contemplate. The reality is that there are evil forces at work in the world and those forces are behind every negative thing that ever happened to you or to someone that you love. Now that doesn’t mean that you are evil; had it coming or were punished for being a sinner. What it means is that evil makes no allowances for anyone and if it can get involved to bring about disaster, it will. Have you ever noticed how many people are tragically killed or kill themselves at Christmas or some other treasured family time? Evil seeks to multiply its effects and bring hurt to not just one, but many people at once. Evil has been functioning in the world almost since the world began and in order to be successful relies not on what you do know, but on what you don’t know. Like the great line in the movie, “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world that he didn’t exist!”
So you have to ask yourself, what do you really know about God? I don’t mean what your church says, or grandma says or what your friends say. What do you know for sure? For example, did you know that in order for God to get involved in your personal life that He requires belief on your part? Did you know that God will never overstep anyone’s freedom of will in any situation, ever? Did you know that God is love and light and in Him is no darkness at all? Did you know that God not only saw that “big negative event” coming, but also had a solution for it if you (or whoever was involved) would have believed that He did and acted on it. Believing isn’t some casual thing we throw around when events are going well, yet abandon when we are confronted with a disaster! Believing comes from having a clear understanding of Who God is; what He can and will do; and what His good desires are for our lives, as well as understanding what evil is doing to try and stop those good things from coming to pass. Belief in God is not some casual thing that takes place in the back of our minds and the back of our lives. Belief is an active thing that we carry into every situation. Belief is in the front of our minds, consistently present, here right now to see us through the obstacles and trials of life. No evil force can begin to stand against God’s power, but in order to see God’s powerful solutions we must convince our minds of His goodness and not allow the negatives of the world to talk us out of it.
You see, what really happened to you when “that thing” occurred was that evil plotted and planned and schemed and proceeded to punch the living crap out of you with the intent that you would abandon your beliefs and opt for some other philosophy that promised you well-being and peace and love, yet would be void of any real power when you needed it most. Evil is no joke folks. People, in some cases, spend the entire rest of their lives suffering the pain of that one thing and never recover. Pretty treacherous, wouldn’t you say? Hit someone with a hay-maker they never saw coming, then get them to abandon their beliefs that could serve to protect them from getting hit by evil again.
My friends, don’t let that describe you. Don’t let that negative, painful scenario dictate anymore of the moves you make in your life. Accept the truth that you, like all of the rest of us, got deceived and set up and maybe lacked the believing necessary to receive God’s miraculous solution in the situation. That’s not God’s fault, it’s our fault because what we didn’t know did hurt us, but it doesn’t have to keep hurting us! We need to get to the place where we can say what Job said as he recovered from his own disaster:
I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. ~ Job 42:5
You can live out the rest of your days with joyful expectation of deliverance from any dreadful scenario that ever held you back. “God is always the victor over evil, but it is up to you to make His will, your will.” It’s time to draw a new conclusion folks, that God is only good, always and that He is never going to change! That’s something you can bank on for a lifetime; the rest of your lifetime…
Just some good thoughts…