So many times we let circumstances frame our spiritual life and our thoughts. Whatever takes place molds our thinking because we can only see the circumstances and how they affect our life. It’s understandable because without a grounded spiritual base this is where we end up. Note that the usual thoughts we have during these times are zeroed in on us and how we feel about the situation. Even the most spiritual may be tempted at the onset to think like this, but Jesus has provided a better way.
Clint Byars shares when we have questions that we can’t answer about the ‘why’s’ of life, before we arrive at our conclusions about our circumstance and God, we need first of all to be resolute in who God is. It’s important—necessary—to make sure we are standing firmly on the true character of God. God isn’t the author of evil. 1 Corinthians 14:33, ESV, states “For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.” Also, Exodus 34:6 proclaims, “Then the LORD passed by in front of him [Moses] and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth.” Jesus said in John 15:9, ESV “Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love.”
God’s character from the beginning has been of love and provision. Man messed things up and is still dealing with the consequences. But God planned for man to live in His love and provisions (for every aspect of our life). He doesn’t want us wandering around finding meaning in the evil or sad things of this world. God doesn’t bring hurricanes or tornadoes to destroy lives.
As Clint shares, it’s important during the tough situations of life that we first take time to reinforce God’s goodness and the truth of God in our heart. This is when we need to tell our mind and heart who God is and not let the circumstance inform your belief about God. Many people have a skewed belief about God because they interpret their belief from their circumstances. Granted, sometimes this is hard to change because their circumstance, your circumstance, doesn’t reflect the true character of God.
What is the solution? First, ground yourself in the truth of God and His Son, Jesus. Ground yourself in the truth of what Jesus did for you. Ground yourself in the truth of God’s goodness and love for you. Then guard your heart with these truths at all times. Meditating on the truth of the Word and particular scriptures that encourage you will enable you to strengthen your heart in God’s love, thus putting a guard around your heart. Don’t question His faithfulness especially when you can’t necessarily see it in operation at the moment. Things are subject to change. Change your focus. Change your heart, and you’ll not question His faithfulness or love in your life.
You’ll be equipped to go through the difficulties of life because you know His love and power working in you. Your experience will shout an AMEN to God’s faithfulness and love working in your life.