It’s so easy to blame God for everything that goes wrong. After all, He’s Sovereign right? Our magic genie. All you need to do is literally snap your fingers and all is right with the world again. So why don’t you ?
I used to live/operate from the mentality that God was against me. That every bad thing that happened to me was His doing. Cue my intense anger when my heart got broken and the very thing I had tried my hardest to protect myself from, happened. Insert my fury when I prayed and prayed and prayed and still experienced loss.
Add my disgust at the thought that the Lord actually sat back and watched a bad thing happen to me. Mix it all together and you have a fuming cocktail.
I wouldn’t talk to Him for days on end. Because why? You said you’d take care of me and you didn’t. You’re unreliable, period. I don’t mean to refer so often, but having my heart broken was actually one of the most pivotal periods of my life. I vividly remember going to church as a perfunction and sitting in silent anger, my already bruised heart becoming hardened as stone as I just sat there watching people praise a ‘Fraud’.
What I didn’t realise in that moment was that God was hurting too. Hurting because I didn’t listen. Hurting because He tried to stop me from jumping into a pit that I dug for myself. Hurting because He wanted to help me but I was hurting myself even more by not letting Him.
He told me just as much. When I realised He was FOR me and not against me. Everything changed. It was me & Him against every other adversity, pain, hurt, misfortune.
What I’m trying to say is,
God is not the enemy.
His plans may appear to prima facie (hehe all this law must be good for something) be disappointing.
His silence may come across as disinterest.
His timing may seem like a delay.
But GOD is FOR you. It may not seem like it all the time, but there is so much power in realising that you’re on the same team as Him. So much strength in knowing that He is NOT the fire, He is IN the fire WITH you.
That changes EVERYTHING.
This enemy we call God, is in fact the enemy trying to turn us AGAINST God. Trying to strip us of our armour and convince us that it’s suffocating us anyway.
This is a much needed reminder to myself and to whoever needs it, that God never promised an easy road; as a matter of fact, He forewarned us of the trials. But what He DID promise is that He’ll be with us. (Isaiah 43:2)
So don’t unplug yourself from your power source and then be mad because your battery is low. Remember that it’s you and your power source against the battery.
Or something like that. Lame abstract metaphor but you get it. I hope.
Bottom line ?
It’s you & Him against the world, not you against Him & the world. Don’t twist the equation.
“In view of all this, what can we say? If God is FOR us, who can be against us?” – Romans 8:31 GNB