As many of you know, I’m pretty open with my readers about my thoughts and feelings. My prayer is that God will use them to help others. So many of us struggle. I don’t want this to be a complaint blog but an opportunity for someone to relate and find hope.
We are so prone to think that God has to fix everything. Somehow, we have this entitlement mentality that demands God to give us what we think we deserve. The sad part is we have such a higher view of ourselves than we should. We think we don’t deserve a thin bank account, a car that breaks down a lot, people who mistreat us, family problems, a house with lots of problems, personal health problems, etc. Jesus promised us in John 16:33 that we WILL have tribulation. I’m glad He didn’t stop there. He said, “Be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world.” Hallelujah! Jesus is greater than our problems!
If we could somehow get a glimpse of Jesus through our problems, we would do okay. Our greatest problem is that we are so busy looking at ourselves. We miss the Victorious Savior who walks over top of our problems, showing us that He has this. It took a newfound pastor friend to remind me that we may royally screw things up, but God works through it. If we could focus on eternity rather than on the disintegrating things of this world, we might get a glimpse of the mind and heart of God.
What if God doesn’t fix your mess? He never promised He would. He promised grace to get you through it. He promised to develop our character and make us stronger. It is not our preferred method, but it’s the only way us hardheaded people would learn anything.
So what do we do? We fight life through. We press on. We get back up again, only to realize that God picked us up and carried us this far and He won’t stop now!
(This blog is not a commentary on Laura Story’s book but was inspired by it.)