I receive many emails each week from both women and men trying to understand why God has allowed some tragedy to enter their lives. What they’re really asking is this. Does God really love me? Does He really care about my situation?
Yes, my friend, God loves and cares for you. I don’t know why God allows some to get sick and others to lose their jobs or loved ones, but I do know that God promises to work it out for our good. (Romans 8:28). That’s hope we can hold on to.
When God created heaven and earth, He said everything was “good.” Then, sin entered in. As a result, you and I live in a fallen, sick world. Disease, war, abuse, fear, additions, and death were never a part of God’s original blue print. When we suffer, God cares. When our heart is breaking, so is his. God longs to care for you today. He wants to comfort you with His presence.
Instead of running to Him, most of us run from God. Why—because we tend to think of suffering as some sort of sign that God doesn’t care. Nothing is further from the truth. Let these following verses sink into your heart:
Perfect love cast out fear. 1 John 4:18
Nothing can separate you from my love. Not trouble, not sin, Romans: 8:39
I have loved you with an everlasting love. His love for you is unending. Jer 31:3
Love never fails. God can do all things, but fail you. I cor 13:8
He will rest in his love for you and joy over you with singing. You are his joy and delight Zep 3:17
His loving kindness is better than life itself. Nothing in this world compares to God’s love. Pa 63:5
My love and kindness will not depart from you. It’s not conditional, it will never change. Isa 54:10
He has loved us and washed us from our sins in his own blood. Jesus paid it all. Rev 1:5
For God so love the world that he gave his only begotten son that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16
God demonstrated his own love for us in this; While we were yet sinners Christ dies for you. Romans 5:8
We should never judge God’s love for us by our circumstances but by the cross where he died for us.
In the book of James, we see that our pain has a purpose. It’s to make us more like Jesus. I admit it. I want to be perfect, complete and lacking in nothing but I don’t want to go through a trial to get there. Yet, this is how God works. Suffering is God’s greatest tool for growing us up spiritually. I’m sure I could have thought of a better way to grow than through adversity, but God didn’t ask me.
James also states that we can experience joy in the midst of our trail when we look ahead to the end result. God is not out to cause us undue pain. His goal is to make us all He created us to be.
I’ve learned over the years that God is trustworthy. Looking back over my own hardships, I see how God used them to make me strong in faith. While I still have much growing room left, the evidence of a stronger faith can be seen in my life.
The evidence of a growing faith in God includes:
• an increasing desire to know the Lord on an intimate basis.
• a desire to obey God that supersedes the need to fulfill personal desires.
• repentance the moment we become aware of sin. When we have a passion for God, acts of disobedience will hurt our hearts because we know they hurt the heart of God.
• a growing passion to live for Christ. It is this passion that motivates us to love and worship Him.
• a desire to seek the Lord’s will for our lives instead of rushing to do what we “think” is right or predictable in a situation.
• a loving acceptance for God’s desired plan for our lives. Acceptance in this area may include a season of waiting for God to reveal His will to us.
God never promised us a life without trouble. He did promise to bring good out of every situation. When we recognize this promise, it will give so a sense of peace and stability until the trial has passed.
I know that many of you today are facing some kind of pain, therefore, I’m giving away a copy of my book, An Untroubled Heart. Leave a comment along with your email address for a chance to win. Be sure and check back tomorrow to see if you’re the winner. Good Luck!