Written by Joey Mielke
One of the big issues in the world is entitlement. People don’t like it when other people act entitled, based solely on what they do for a living, how much they make, who they are related to, etc. It is considered shallow and insulting. We as Christians know that we are richer than any man on earth, because we have the assurance of eternal life and the grace and love of the One True God. Now let’s connect the two.
God tells us in His Word that if we love and believe in Him, nothing can touch us and that we will have peace under His wings. John 10: 28-30- “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my hand. I and the Father are one.” In Isaiah 43:2, He says, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” There is one word in there that is very small, and when looking at the passage seeing words like “fire”, “ablaze”, and “waters”, you tend to skip over it. It is the word “WITH.”
When we do God’s will, and we do our best to live a godly life and love the Lord with all our hearts and all our minds, we sometimes expect God to keep all of life’s tragedies and destruction away from us entirely. And when we are going through hard times or disaster strikes, we wonder why this is happening, as if it’s surprising God would choose US to allow this to happen to. Often times when this sort of thing happens, we wonder if our faith is really as strong as we thought, or if our relationship with God isn’t as close and intimate as we felt it was.
Let’s go back and look at Isaiah 43:2. He says “I will be WITH you.” God does not say, “I’ll take you AROUND the waters,” and “I’ll take you AROUND the fire, and i won’t make it TOO hot.” God tells us we will pass through rough waters, He tells us we will walk through fire, but He will be with us, and we will not perish. How can we be harmed when the man who walks on water and conquered the fires of hell walks with us?
The peace we have as Christians does not come from the peace of knowing we are completely immune to life’s disasters and tragedies. Our peace comes from the fact that we have a God that lets beauty grow from pain, and that He has our entire life in the palm of His hand. No matter what happens, He is with us, He knows what He is doing, and He will let something good come from our pain He has a plan for our spiritual well-being. His will is still done even in our pain.
It is from my understanding that when we are at our lowest point, that is not when God is furthest from us. Rather, it is when God is at work. God doesn’t bring pain just for the sake of bringing it. He is not that kind of God. He has a purpose for everything he allows to happen. When you are going through a trial and are troubled, don’t allow yourself to imagine this brick wall between you and God. It is easy to give up on God in hard times and assume He isn’t listening, or to “take a break” from your relationship with Him to deal with the issue yourself. God is always working on us. He doesn’t take breaks. He allows certain things to happen for a reason, and always for our good. Praise Him in the good times, praise Him in the bad times. He is ALWAYS good.