We often think of God's goodness in terms of our tangible blessings and upbeat events. While these surely are expressions of divine goodness, we should not interpret God's love only by how He demonstrates it in positive circumstances. We often experience His goodness best in our darkest hours—in those situations, He shows Himself to be good in deeper ways, as He alone can (2 Cor. 12:9).
The Christian life is to be characterized by growth, which becomes evident as a believer progresses from spiritual milk to solid food. Once we absorb the elementary truths of our faith, we should then begin to chew on more "meaty" ones. The question of whether God is in every circumstance falls into this latter category, because the answer conflicts with human thinking. You see, God is in the tragedies as well as the triumphs of life: He either sends or permits them to happen.
There are points in life when we are hurting, the situation is clearly outside our control, and we can't detect so much as a glimmer of relief for the future. At times like that, what can we be sure of?
When you are suffering, do you turn to God's Word? That is the only source we can count on to bring life, hope, and promise to otherwise hopeless situations. Its principles illustrate how to—and how not to—deal with trials. When we respond God's way, the difficulty that threatened to harm us actually enriches our character and enables us to do greater works for Him.
Once we comprehend how worry undermines trust in our Father and how willing He is to remove it from us, we need to seek out ways to cooperate with Him. So let's look at some common sources of worry that we can avoid.
All of us have sinned, and our transgressions demand atonement. Because of this, God the Father sent His Son to die in our place and pay our sin debt in full. We are forgiven on the basis of the price He paid, and if we accept His sacrifice on our behalf, our names will be written in the Lamb's Book of Life.
A whistle can get our attention quickly, wouldn't you agree? Its sound is used to control unruly behavior, signal the beginning or end of an event, or interrupt the action. Blown by a police officer at an intersection, a teacher on a playground, or a sports referee, the whistle is a signal for us to stop and learn why it was blown.
Life often demands proof. Sometimes it seems that no matter what we say, people simply will not believe us unless we can provide some definite verification. That can be a good thing when what you're sharing is the most important news in the world—and you have the evidence to back it up.
Family-oriented movies frequently end by showing a warm reunion. We see loved ones with arms around each other in an expression of love and support.
Satan is so cunning that he was able to deceive Eve into sinning. Her response to his question (Gen. 3:1-2) reveals that she knew exactly what God had told her. Aren't we just like that today? We know precisely what the Word of God says, and yet we often fail to obey Him.
Respect for authority is not always automatic. The story about a new football coach illustrates what I mean.
During his confinement in a Roman jail, the apostle Paul wrote one of his most upbeat and encouraging letters. In this epistle to the church at Philippi, he used his less-than-ideal circumstances as an opportunity to model the right way to handle conflict and criticism.
Many people in the world—maybe even you—are facing terrible storms in their lives: broken homes, joblessness, loneliness, loss, world crises. These things slash at the very fabric of our hope in Christ. It may even seem as though we are lost, adrift at sea in a small boat during a hurricane. How on earth will we be able to reach the shore safely?
This same principle holds true with prayer. In our normal everyday lives, we are surrounded by countless voices in need of our attention. Our children cry for it, our employers demand it, and our loved ones yearn for it. With all of these bidding for our attention, no wonder God's voice at times seems so muffled or distant.
Of all the heroes in Scripture, few are spoken of as respectfully as King David. What made him so special? David himself wondered the same thing(2 Sam. 7:18) The best answer is simply that he was a man who listened to God.1 comments