If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31
One challenge many new believers have to deal with is overcoming the lack of assurance that God truly wants what is best for them.
Paul begins to address this issue in Romans when he boldly states that there is nothing that can separate us from the love of God. That God cares for you more than you care for yourself. Yet because we don’t have a meaningful relationship with our Triune God, we walk from a position of untested head knowledge instead of personal heart knowledge.
Then there are those days when we believe we know what is best for us. We have standards of expectations higher than God’s. We believe we are entitled with certain rights and if God doesn’t meet them, then we accuse him of not caring. In many cases, we simply haven’t had enough of ourselves. We approach God as our genie. We give him our wishes and if he doesn’t deliver, we seek out other gods. Our allegiance goes to the god that satisfies our inner desires because we live under the presumption that we know what is good for ourselves. Yet just like Christ knocking on the church door asking to come in (Rev. 3:17), the people inside are spiritually blind even though they think of themselves as wealthy. The same is true for many today.
The longer we walk with our Lord, the more we come to realize that some of the best answers to our prayers was the “absolutely not” reply. In hindsight, if God had granted me every request, my life would be more upside down than ever before. The real answers come when we place our trust in Him and watch how He rearranges circumstances, changes people’s hearts, and organically produces an outcome that one never fathom the possibilities. Like Ephesians 3:20-21 states, He works through the Church (You & I) to produce more than we can ever imagine.
Yes God is for you. He wants what is best for you. Give him time. He is working with the impossible – You and me. Yet all things are possible through Christ who strengthens us. As the Spirit continues the work of transforming us into the image of Jesus, let us not lose heart. Instead, take the time to review all God has done for you since your birth. You may be pleasantly surprised by the outlay of events.
More so, God doesn’t abandon us even though we may temporarily abandon Him. He has been pursuing humanity since the day he created them. He has an eternal project that he is working through. You and I are included in that plan. And what I have seen in my short life is the fact he hasn’t abandon any of us who cling to Jesus. We have His promise that all that follow Jesus will be with him at the end of the age.
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